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Scholtes & Janssens in times of corona

Just like for all artists worldwide, the corona crisis has major consequences for Lestari and Gwylim as well. All concerts and tours have been canceled for the time being. In the meantime, the duo is busy with rehearsals, making new plans, and the organisation Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam 2020. The duo also recorded part of Mozart's beautiful sonata for two pianos during one of their rehearsals. Watch and listen to the video here.

Succesful China tour

Between November 7 and 17, 2019, Lestari and Gwylim toured through China. The duo gave six performances in Shanghai (Oriental Arts Center), Chengdu, Congqing, Dalian and Qindao. The duo also gave a master class at the Sichaun Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. The tour was supported by, among others, the NBSO China, the Consulate in Congqing and the Bank of China. The concerts of the duo were received with great enthusiasm and the duo is now busy setting up a next tour through China in 2020.

It was not the first time that Scholtes & Janssens performed in China. In November 2018, the duo gave a big tour of 16 concerts throughout the country.

Debut in Myanmar

After performing in an impressive number of countries, the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo can soon write no. 30 on their list. On March 15, 2019, the duo will perform for the first time in Myanmar as part of their Spring Tour through Asia. The concert is followed by another one in Johor Bahru in the southernmost part of Western Malaysia, after which the duo will travel to the Malay capital Kuala Lumpur for another two concerts.

"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.