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20 - 25 July 2017
Ragusa-Ibla, Italy
Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition
06 August 2017 12:30
Vondelpark Openluchttheater Amsterdam

Moessorgski & Ravel

Debut in Japan and again South East Asia

On March 24th, 2017, Lestari & Gwylim will make their debut in Japan. Their performance in Tokio marks the ending of the IBLA Grand Prize Asia Tour 2017 after earlier performances in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The duo returns to South East Asia after their successful tour in 2016. After their debut in Tokio, the duo plays two more concerts in the Ibaraki prefecture in Japan. 

The duo starts their tour in Bangkok and continues to Hanoi and Phnom Penh - cities where they performed to great acclaim in 2016. This year, their tour is extended to ten concerts. Besides performing, Lestari and Gwylim will give master classes to young talent and students of the International Keyboard Academy in Bangkok, the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi and the Tanaka Music School in Ibaraki, Japan.

Scholtes & Janssens acknowledge the Performing Arts Fund NL, the Friends of the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo Foundation, the IBLA Foundation and the Tanaka Music School.

4th Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam great success!

The 4th Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam was a great success. 15 special events, with 20 pianists, one actor, one conductor and an orchestra; artistic directors Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens are looking back on a very successful and unforgettable festival. Among the performing musicians were Italian virtuosos Enrico Pace & Igor Roma, Georgian best friends Nino Gvetadze & Tamara Licheli, the first Dutch piano duo Wyneke Jordans & Leo van Doeselar, jazzduo Rob & Sebastiaan van Bavel and of course Pianoduo Scholtes & Janssens. In the meantime duo has already started with the organisation of the next festival, which will be a special edition; the first lustrum!

For more information, have a look at www.pianoduofestival.nl

Scholtes & Janssens present first Chamber Music Festival Schoorl

Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens present on June 11 and 12 the top of the new generation musicians in a brand new festival, the Chamber Music Festival Schoorl. The festival consists of three adventurous concerts in the Protestantse Kerk (church) in Schoorl. Among the invited musicians are members of the Ysaÿe Trio, violinists Eduardo Paredes and Myrthe Helder, cellist Leonard Besseling and Scholtes & Janssens themselves.  

  • June 11, 3 PM: Salon de Paris, works by Ravel, Debussy and Franck
  • June 11, 8:15 PM: Schubert & Brahms
  • Jne 12, 3 PM: American Adventure, works by Korngold, Barber, Adams, Waxman and Stravinsky
For more information about the festival and tickets please have a look at the website of the festival. 

"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.