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New corona project: 'A shot in the arm'-concerts

In August and November Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens will tour along Dutch hospitals for four days playing their 'a shot in the arm'-concerts (Dutch: Hart onder de Riem-concerten) to support hard working healthcare personnel in these times of corona. The duo wants to show that music connects and comforts us. The concerts are supported by grants from the 'Balcony scenes' project from the Dutch Performing Art Fund and the 'Culture makers fund', part of the Prince Berhard Culture Fund, both meant for cultural projects in times of corona. 

Scholtes & Janssens sign with Challenge Records International

Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens will cooperate with the Challenge Classics / Challenge Records International label for their upcoming new cd. In September, Lestari and Gwylim will record works by Schubert and Mozart in the Dutch Broadcasting Centre studio's. Their third cd is expected to be released early 2021.

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.

"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.