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Alexander and Daykin

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Millette Alexander and Frank Daykin, known as Alexander and Daykin, are an American piano duo performing various pieces for piano four-hands and two pianos.

The two pianists met at the Juilliard School in 1979, and quickly formed a professional duo dedicated to the large body of original works for piano four-hands from Tomkins to the 20th century. A fortuitous rediscovery of an early 20th century two-piano transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue became one of their principal artistic expressions as well, performed in Paris's Salle Gaveau in 1986, and recorded on Connoisseur Society in 1994. They are one of the first duos to record this arrangement.

The duo made their Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Recital Hall) debut in 1994, with "encore" 20th anniversary recitals in the 1999/2000 season. Their orchestral debut was in 1985, with the Northwest Michigan Symphony, in Camille Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals. The duo made a second commercial recording "Paris Originals" for Connoisseur Society in 1997.