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Fifth Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam

Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens presents the fifth Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam: from October 6th until October 15th one can listen to the international top of piano duo's. The theme of the festival is Na Zdorowje!’, Russian for 'Cheers!', referring to the first Lustrum of the festival and the festive programs full of Russian music. 

Listen to international duo's such as the Israeli Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, Piano Duo Zilan & Zhao (China), the Walachowski Sisters (Poland), Paul Komen & Nata Tsvereli and artistic directors Lestari Scholtes & Gwylim Janssens. The Maltese-Belgium duo Gabi Sultana & Mirek Coutigny will take you on a road trip troughout the United States of the 20th century and Boy Edgar Winners and jazzpianists Martin Fondse & Jeroen van Vliet will bring you a spectaculair jazzevening. The youngest generation can enjoy the magical world of the mythical Atlantis during the children's concert 'The Magic of Atlantis'. 

More information:

www.pianoduofestival.nl


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. 

Tour in South East Asia: Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia

The Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo will travel to South East Asia at the end of March for their debut concerts in three countries: Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. The duo will perform six concerts and give several master classes in Hanoi, Bangkok en Phnom Penh. 

The tour is organized by the IBLA Foundation. In earlier years, this organisation brought the duo to the United States of America where they played their debut concert in the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Lestari and Gwylim will now perform in the Vietnam Academy of Music, which is also home to the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, in the International Keyboard Academy in Bangkok and in the German-Cambodian culture institute Meta House. 


Concerts and master classes are sponsored by the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Scholtes & Janssens present new chamber music series in Oosterhout
Lestari & Gwylim have founded a new chamber music series, Slotconcerten Oosterhout, in the south of The Netherlands. The concerts, four in total, will be held in the Castle Limburg (Slotje Limburg) in Oosterhout (Noord-Brabant). The series is supported by De Haan Minerale Oliën B.V. The performing musicians are among others Rosanne Philippens (violin), Myrthe Helder (violin), the Ysaÿe Trio, Leonard Besseling (cello), Hanna Shybayeva (piano) & Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens

The series consists of two free concerts and two private concerts. More information can be found on the website of the series. 

Scholtes & Janssens on tour in Mongolia

The Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo will depart on March 2 on tour to Mongolia. The duo will give masterclasses for several days on the invitation of the  Mongolian Music and Dance College. Lestari and Gwylim will also perform in three concerts

 


This project is supported by several patrons and promoters: a private sponsor, the Scholtes-Janssens Piano Duo Foundation, the Mongolian National University, the Arts Council of Mongolia, the Dutch Consulate and the Mongolian Music and Dance College.


10 out of 10 for review 'Paris!' in Luister magazine

The recently released cd ‘Paris!’ by the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo has got the highest rating , 10 out of 10 stars in the review of the leading Dutch magazine for classical music ‘Luister’ (‘Listen’). Read the full review below.

Luister 10

Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel. Petrushka; Petite Suite; Rapsodie espagnole. Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo.

Etcetera KTC 1497 * DDD-64'

Performance ***** | Registration *****

Beautiful program, outstanding performance. The cd title is ‘Paris!’; the idea arose during a concert tour of Scholtes and Janssens to Paris: to record a cd with compositions that were written in the golden age of the cultural capital of the world from around the turn of the 1900 century. Stravinsky’s own arrangement of Petrushka for piano four hands comes to life spectacularly in the four hands of Lestari Scholtes (her) and Gwylim Janssens (his). They live up to their reputation, sonorous, technically perfect and intense music making. Debussy brings us to another world. Primary colors and rhythms make way for enchanting tinges and subtle rhythmic patterns, also a world that they have made them their own. Although particularly known in the exuberant colors of the orchestral version, Ravel wrote his Rapsodie espagnole originally for piano four hands in 1907. With evocative playing, Scholtes and Janssens fetch optimal color richness from the piano. The last movement, Feria, with a jazz inspired middle section, is a truly festive conclusion to this Parisian adventure. The Steinway piano shines in its clear splendor sound – that’s the case if Rob Heerschop signs for the recording.

Hans Quant.


Scholtes & Janssens at Zondagochtend Concert Concertgebouw

Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens will be performing at the Zondagochtend Concert at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam on December 28. The concert will be live broadcasted on Radio4, Dutch national classical radio. 

The duo will play among others the Fantasy in f minor by Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel's La valse. The concert will start at 11 AM. More information about the concert and ticket sales can be found on the website of the Concertgebouw. 

5-star review 'Paris!' in Nederlands Dagblad

The new cd of Lestari & Gwylim, 'Paris' has got a five star review in the Dutch newspaper 'Nederlands Dagblad'. Read the full review (translated from Dutch) below.


Nederlands Dagblad (Dutch Daily) - August 8th, 2014

classic *****

Paris! Igor Stravinsky - Petrushka; Claude Debussy - Petite Suite; Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole

Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens. Etcetera. KTC 1497

'It could well have been 25 or 30 fingers, so big and well integrated was the sound. Terrific duo in top form.' The superlatives were immense when the duo Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens performed for the first time in Carnegie Hall in New York in May 2009. This praise is rightly. Rarely there is such a discipline and together lively musicianship as with this duo. It is hardly noticable that two different persons are playing, it sounds fantastic together. That is partly owed to the repertoire that they play. The cheerful sounds of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' are varied with the soothing murmur of 'Le bateau' (the boat) from the Petite Suite by Debussy. The third Parisian whose music is played by Scholtes and Janssens is Maurice Ravel. His 'Rapsodie espagnole' (Spanish Rhapsody) is better known in the orchestral version, although the piano four hands version is the original. The middle part of the last movement 'Feria' (feast) is interesting and reminds by the jazzy chords to the compositions of George Gershwin, who was greatly admired by Ravel. (RS, translation Scholtes & Janssens)