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Canto Ostinato Tour: 100 years Ten Holt

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012), Pianoduo Scholtes & Janssens will pay tribute to the Dutch composer this fall with a special Canto Ostinato tour in various churches in the Netherlands.

The duo can be heard at six different locations starting November 16, 2023: Amersfoort, Arnhem, Groningen in November, followed by four Christmas concerts in Tilburg, Naarden and The Hague in December. The concerts last about 75 minutes (Naarden: 60 minutes) and there will be room for drinks afterwards.

For ticket sales, see the agenda and website www.100jaartenholt.nl.

Canto Ostinato consists of more than 200 different sections with different variations that can be played and repeated at will. "We are inspired by the moment, the atmosphere and the audience " said Lestari Scholtes. "Every concert is therefore a unique experience. Even if you have heard the piece a hundred times, each performance is different."

"We hope with this tribute to Ten Holt not only to enthuse our fans and regular concert-goers" says Gwylim Janssens, "the music of Ten Holt is accessible to everyone and wonderful to dream away at, and we would also like to convey that to anyone who does not yet know this music."

The 'Give Heart' concert tour

In early 2023, the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo, will make a concert tour, visiting ten hospitals throughout the Netherlands:  the  'Give Heart' concerts. The duo wants to give a present through their musical performance to the employees of the hospitals as a thank you for their tremendous efforts in helping and supporting thousands of patients in the past corona years. During this concert you will listen to the energetic Sonata in B-flat by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the compelling Fantasy in F by Franz Schubert and the fairytale-like "Pas d'action" from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. A program through which you can dream away and unwind. This tour is funded by the Fonds Podiumkunsten and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Rave reviews for Scholtes & Janssens' new cd by international press

Scholtes & Janssens' new CD is now being praised by the international press. BBC Music Magazine and Music Web International, among others, wrote rave reviews about the duo's new recording.

BBC Music Magazine wrote 'They breathe together, agree on relative dynamics and tonal color and understand the balance of the textures.' and awarded the CD with no less than 4 **** stars. Read the full review here.

Music Web International compared the recording with the legendary CD by Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, also with Mozart and Schubert:

'Given my affection for that Murray Perahia / Radu Lupu recording of these great works by Mozart and Schubert, I have been pleasantly surprised by how soon I was sold on these performances by Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens. These recordings can certainly live side by side in any collection, and I have a feeling the newer version might easily end up getting more airplay.'

You can read the full review here.

"If you listen to these two young people play music, you think that everything in the world will be all right" - Menachem Pressler, Beaux Arts Trio 

Lestari Scholtes (1984) and Gwylim Janssens (1985) are currently recognized as one the most promising piano duos of their generation, and leading piano duo from the Netherlands. Their 2009 Carnegie Hall debut, as part of the IBLA Grand Prize winners USA tour, was praised as ‘it could well have been 25 or 30 fingers, so big and well integrated was the sound. Terrific duo in top form'. The duo performed in numerous countries on 5 continents and is well known for their brilliant sound and marvelous technical skills, presenting very intense and energetic performances. They are studying in Hanover with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo.