Eric and Catherine Thompson
Piano Duo Polyhymnia

Eric and Catherine perform regularly around the Bay Area,
solo, duet (4 hands, 1 piano), and duo (4 hands, 2 pianos).

Click below to hear short excerpts of past performances.

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To see/hear excerpts, please click on the posters on this page.  The "French Kiss" poster, the "Wolfie" poster, and the Lesher Center poster from 2006 each produce pages with embedded videos.

Our "Music and Wine Series" recitals take place in our home, where we present a full recital in the salon atmosphere of our living room.  Plenty of complimentary food and wine, and the mixing of guests, create a more relaxed social event, allowing for a richer musical experience for all.  This is how Liszt and Chopin spent many an evening, and how the solo piano recital was born!
*Coverage by the Brentwood Press*
*Coverage by the Contra Costa Times*


Piano Duo Polyhymnia performs typically twice each year at Los Medanos College where Catherine is engaged as staff accompanist and is a teacher on faculty.


"Eric Thompson and his wife Catherine Thompson are a pair of virtuoso pianists whose duo-piano gems are destined to bring them increasing fame." -- Joyce Rosenfield, Curtis Institute graduate, concert harpist

-- more from Joyce --

"Seriousness about the music is not only evident in the couple's masterful playing but also in their knowledge of the pieces they are presenting." -- Tim Rios, The Brentwood Press

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Eric Thompson won the prestigious Mason and Hamlin Piano Competition for the state of Montana when he was 14 years old.  He and Catherine met 5 years later in the studio of Dorothea Cromley, Billings, MT, and were engaged shortly thereafter.  They received their Bachelors and Masters Degrees in piano performance, with numerous scholarships and awards, from San Francisco State University where they studied with William Corbett-Jones and the late Carlo Bussotti.  Catherine is highly sought after as accompanist throughout the Bay Area, and is staff accompanist and on faculty at Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA.

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