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Christina and Michelle Naughton are twin sisters and an American piano duo. Christina and Michelle Naughton were born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese ancestry. Raised in Madison, Wisconsin, they began taking piano lessons from their mother at the age of four. Although the sisters initially practiced and performed individually, a concert presenter's request that they perform together as a duo when they were 18 highlighted their remarkable talent and marked the beginning of a preference for making music together. Career The Naughtons' professional career was launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, after which The Philadelphia Inquirer described them as "paired to perfection". In 2011, they performed in Munich's Herkulessaal and began to establish their reputation outside of the United States. Subsequently the Naughtons performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, under conductors including Stéphane Denève, Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Michael Stern. The sisters' recital appearances have included the Schubert Club of St. Paul, the Naumburg Bandshell in New York's Central Park, Chamber Music San Francisco, the Houston Society for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Munich's Gasteig, the Berlin Philharmonie's Kammermusiksaal, France's Festival de La Roque d'Anthéron, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Prague's Strings of Autumn Festival. ] The sisters were trained at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School. They earned bachelor's degrees in solo piano performance in 2011 at Curtis, where they both received the Festorazzi Prize. They earned master's degrees from Juilliard in 2013. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein taught the sisters at Juilliard and remarked, "When they play together, they seem to have one mind and one body—it's extraordinary—like one person with two hands playing." The Naughtons released their first album, "Piano Duets," on the German label Orfeo in 2012. It was praised by Der Spiegel for a performance that "stands out with unique harmony and sings out with stylistic confidence." The sisters recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics which will release their second album, Visions, in March 2016. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.