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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)

Release newest CD of Scholtes & Janssens at Etcetera Records

The Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo will release their newest CD 'Paris!' soon under the label of Etcetera Records. The duo recorded works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel. 

In June 2013 Lestari and Gwylim recorded their CD due to a very successful crowdfunding project. The duo is looking forward to a special cooperation with Etcetera Records, who will release the CD in May. The exact date will be announced soon. 

Four stars for anniversary concert Concertgebouw Amsterdam

'Masters in four hands on one keyboard', reviewer Christo Lelie of daily newspaper Trouw about Scholtes & Janssens' concert at the Concertgebouw on December 12. 

With this concert Lestari & Gwylim celebrated their tenth anniversary as a duo. The duo played highlights from the repertoire they played in the past ten yeras, among which Stravinksy's Petrushka and the Fantasy by Schubert. Next to many enthusiastic reactions from the audience Lestari & Gwylim also received a very positive review in the daily newspaper Trouw.  

vierden met een feestelijk concert hun tienjarig jubileum als pianoduo. Daarbij speelden zij hoogtepunten uit het repertoire dat zij in de afgelopen tien jaar hebben opgebouwd, waaronder Stravinksy's Petrouchka en de Fantasie van Schubert. Naast veel lovende reacties uit het publiek ontving het duo tevens vier sterren in het dagblad Trouw.

'...a feast for the eyes and ears'

(Review is in Dutch)

Anniversary concert at Concertgebouw Amsterdam: 10 years Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo

In the past 10 years Lestari Scholtes & Gwylim Janssens travelled around the world. After hundreds of concerts on five continents, more than a dozen prizes, over a thousand rehearsals and innumerable unforgettable moments they will celebrate their anniversary in one of the most memorable halls they have played in: the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 

During this concert Scholtes & Janssens will play highlights from their repertoire: a selection of the 'Six pieces opus 11' by Rachmaninoff, which the duo played during their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, the the sizzling Rapsodie Espagnole by Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert's beloved Fantasy in f and after the break is one of the most challenging works for piano four hands, Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka.

Anniversary concert: 10 years Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens
December 12th 2013 - 8:15 PM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw -  Kleine Zaal
Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam

First Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam in september!

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo, Lestari and Gwylim are organizing their own festival: the Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam. 

The festival will be held from 5-8 september 2013 in the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam. The festival consists of 12 concerts, lectures and workshops, presenting classical, jazz and lounge music. All events will be focussed on piano duo playing. Musicians as Igor Roma, Paolo Giacometti, Bart van Oort, Rembrandt Frerichs, Willem Brons and Scholtes & Janssens themselves will perform at the festival. 

More information can be found on the website of the festival.

Lestari & Gwylim again in jury Ibla Grand Prize competition

For the fourth time Scholtes & Janssens are invited to be in the jury at the Ibla Grand Prize competition.

The competition will be held from July 9 until July 19 in Ragusa-Ibla (Sicily) in Italy. Lestari and Gwylim were winners of the competition in 2008. Read more about the competition on the website of Ibla Grand Prize. 

Succesfull crowdfunding project for Lestari & Gwylim

Lestari & Gwylim raised 20.000 euros with their crowdfunding project on the Dutch crowdfunding website Voordekunst.nl. This is twice as much as their intended goal of 9.800 euros; the duo reached 204%.

Scholtes & Janssens decided to set up this project with the aim of recording their new cd 'Paris!'. On this cd will be recorded works composed at the eind of the 19th century and beginning of 20th century in the city of arts of that period, Paris. The duo got inspired to record this cd when they performed in Paris last year. The cd will include works of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. 

African debut for Scholtes-Janssens Piano Duo

The Scholtes and Janssens Piano Duo has been invited for several performances during the Harare International Festival for the Arts

The festival will be held from April 30 until May 5th in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare. Besides several duo concerts Lestari and Gwylim will also be giving master classes to top talent from Zimbabwe and they will be performing with the South-African double bass player Leon Bosch, principal bass player of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. 

The tour is sponsored by the Dutch Embassy in Zimbabwe and the Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten.

More infomartion about the festival you can find here

Debussy article published in Piano Bulletin EPTA

The Scholtes-Janssens Piano Duo was asked by the EPTA Netherlands (European Piano Teachers Association) to write an article about the piano duo repertoire of Claude Debussy. 'Debussy for twenty fingers' was published in the December edition of the magazine Piano Bulletin.

The theme of Piano Bulletin was fully focussed on Debussy in honour of his 150th birth year. Lestari and Gwylim wrote about their own experiences and the history behind the piano duo works of this French composer.

You can read the full article here.

This article is published on this website with permission of Piano Bulletin, EPTA Netherlands (edition 2012/3)