Two Performers

fuse energies

pulling the audience

into the creative process


A Flexible Duo

Performers of all stripes take turns with the violin

presenting eclectic programs to an engaged audience


Duplexity re-invents the classical concert model

Tradition & Innovation

Thematic programs bridging classical and contemporary works, new commissions and improvisational styles from composers around the globe

Active Audience

We interact with our audience in a spontaneous, friendly way, with questions, games or musical ideas, bringing everyone closer to what’s happening on stage

Alternative Venues

Equally at home on classical concert stages or traditional chamber music series as well as in popular clubs or experimental venues.

Cross-genre & Multi-media

Creative use of electronics and video technology as well as genre-bending collaborations with dancers, artists, actors, poets…

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DUPLEXITY is a flexible and dynamic duo, which takes the violin as its constant and combines it with a variety of musicians and performers to create a series of powerful and expressive two-person ensembles. As a collaborative concert experience, Duplexity fosters cross-cultural and cross-genre pairings, with the intention of providing new insights into the Old and exposure for the New in an exciting, evocative and inspiring way.

Designed by Elissa Cassini, Duplexity concerts feature tailor-made programs that juxtapose solo and duo, classical and contemporary, experimental and improvised works, allowing each invited artist their own unique personal expression while at the same time creating a coherent theme. Within just weeks of its inception, Duplexity attracted some of classical music’s most notable musicians, from Philip Setzer of the Emerson quartet to the Berlin Philharmonic’s new concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, as well as cellist Ashley Bathgate from Bang on a Can.

In addition to pairing the violin with instruments of all types, Duplexity’s forays into other art forms, such as dance, drama and media arts, seek to promote an inclusive, evolving and conscious dialogue between artists, art forms and audiences.

Duplexity News

Re-Inventing Bach

Re-Inventing Bach is a unique, out-of-the-box duo recital featuring the unexpected combination of flute and violin. From J.S Bach to Stefano Gervasoni, this bold juxtaposition of historical extremes offers an innovative exploration of the similarities and contrasts between these two treble instruments. Central to the program are Gervasoni’s imaginative transcriptions of Bach’s Inventions. Both keyboard lines are re-written, using both the violin and the viola in combination with all the flutes, including piccolo and bass flute. From wood to wind or bow to breath, this fertile opposition urges both performers to expand their expressive range, seeking a new unity of sound both complex and beautiful. The re-invention of instrumental roles and the reconsideration of the very notions of tradition and innovation leave the listener with the understanding of music’s inherent ability to indeed, re-invent... read more

Bar Talk

44 Duos for 2 Violins by Bela Bartok
Duplexity’s Bartók Duo Cycle
with Daniel Rowland, violin

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An original project by Yael Rasooly
Co-directed by Angelique Friant
Interpretation: Yael Rasooly and Elissa Cassini
Music: Elissa Cassini, violin and Damien Cesbron, sound creator
Production Blah Blah Production
Co-production: ELEVEN Festival – Biennial of puppetry in Pays de la Loire.
With the support of Parallel Garden , Reims and the Comédie de Reims CDN .

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May 21st – 9 pm – The Living Room NYC

This program invites the ideal Duplexity partner, cellist Ashley Bathgate from ‘Bang on a Can’ with a program that spans classical to improv. You will hear works by Bertali, Norman, Bach and Ravel in a new context and also be treated to an exciting première written especially for Duplexity for violin, cello and electronics by Brooklyn-based composer Yoav Shemesh.
After-party following the concert so please join us for drinks, great music, wondcolorerful people and fun times !

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Armando Lôbo, Composer @ Duplexity, Winter 2015

I am very happy to announce “Dupl-Exsta-C”- Chaconne Circles, a collaboration with Armando Lôbo, for next Winter 2015! Brazilian composer, poet and professor, rooted in tradition yet in constant search of the new, Armando Lôbo develops various musical genres and styles, making use of experimental hues in an intense symbiosis with literature, history, philosophy and religion. Check out his website:... read more

Ashley Bathgate, cello @ Duplexity in NYC, MAY 2015!

I am thrilled to have Ashley Bathgate’s artistry be a part of  Duplexity’s launch ! We will play Ravel Sonata for violin and cello, some solo pieces, a new piece by Yoav Shemesh and some improvised ‘loopy’ surprises. Here is a new presentation video about Ashley: And don’t forget to visit her website... read more

“Truly communicative” (New York Times), Franco-American violinist Elissa Cassini has captivated audiences on three continents with her eloquent sonority, charismatic stage presence and eclectic programs.  Her Carnegie debut recital was lauded for displaying “the full range of her virtuosity in a dazzling, unusually rhapsodic, emotionally uninhibited performance that brought the house down” (New York Concert Review). She has performed concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and was praised as “an impeccable and powerful soloist” (Neue Muzik Zeitung)  for her performance of Anders Eliasson’s violin concerto with the Arcos Orchestra at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. 

Fond of innovation, Elissa enjoys exploring various contemporary styles and has inspired composers Nicolas Bacri, Jérôme Combier and Alexander Lunsqui to write for her. She has also collaborated on solo works with notable composers such as Beat Furrer, Arthur Kampela, Philippe Leroux and Kaija Saariaho. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Elissa performed “Anthèmes” for Pierre Boulez who subsequently invited her as concertmaster at the Lucerne Festival Academy under his leadership.

At home in a wide repertoire spanning from baroque to live electronics, Elissa bridges tradition and innovation in the Duplexity Project’s exciting and communicative setting. Inspired by Elissa’s passion and dynamism, Duplexity stretches the boundaries of classical concerts, allowing it’s performers to realise their unique creative potential on stage.

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