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Debut in Dubai for Scholtes & Janssens

Lestari & Gwylim will be making their debut in the United Arab Emirates on February 13th.

The duo has been invited by the Dubai Concert Committee to perform at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre te Dubai. Lestari & Gwylim will be playing among others Schubert's famous Fantasy, Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Stravinsky's Petrouchka. 

More information can be found on the website of the Dubai Concert Committee

5-star review for two piano recital Paleis het Loo

Last week's four hands recital in royal Palace 't Loo in Apeldoorn received a five star review in the daily newspaper 'De Stentor'. 

Reviewer René de Cocq wrote about the duo: '...intriguing and lively music, as if it was written for Scholtes and Janssens: two musical souls, one musical conception'. The duo played works by Mozart, Grieg, Stravinsky and Ravel in the sold out recital of the Palace concert series. 

The review (in Dutch), can be read here.

Scholtes-Janssens nominated for Grachtenfestival Prize Amsterdam

The Scholtes-Janssens Piano Duo is nominated for the Grachtenfestival Prize 2012. The Grachtenfestival Prize is handed out every year to a young promising musician or ensemble. 

The five nominees are chosen by renowned Dutch classical music journalists. The winner will be announced during the Grachtenfestival during an evening program where all nominees will present themselves in a short performance.
A jury, consisting of three Dutch classical music journalists, will choose the winner. The program starts at 8:00 PM at the Compagnie Theater Amsterdam. This year the Grachtenfestival Prize will be handed out for the sixth time.
De Prize consists of a performance at the theater of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia and a performance at the Grachtenfestival 2013 

Lestari and Gwylim will also perform in two other concerts at the Grachtenfestival. Om August 11 they will perform with their ensemble Podiumbeesten! and on August 12 they will perform a 'double duo' concert with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. Both concerts start at 11:00 AM and will be held in the Compagnie Theater Amsterdam.

Piano Duo Scholtes and Janssens at Festival Classique

Piano Duo Scholtes and Janssens will perform at the Festival Classique in June 15 in The Hague. Lestari and Gwylim will be performing on the Hofvijver stage, a podium, especially build for the festival on the 'Hofvijver' lake in the center of The Hague. 

They will be cooperating with the dance company 'The Dutch Don't Dance Division'. The dancers will be performing in a choreography of Thom Stuart on Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'. Scholtes and Janssens will play the orginal version of the composer for two pianos. The duo shall open the concert with Igor Stravinsky's 'Petrouchka' in the version for piano four hands.
More information on www.festivalclassique.nl

Review Carnegie Hall concert

Two years after their debut in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo performed once again in the famous hall on May 1st, 2012. 

he concert was well received by the American press. The art magazine SoundWordSight wrote about the duo: '...amazing playing of this great music' en 'Superb teamwork – two as one – with excellent, turn-on-a-dime transitions between episodes'. 

The concert was part of the annual tour of the winners of the international music competition Ibla Grand Prize. Scholtes & Janssens were winners in 2008 and since 2009, they are part of the jury in this competition.

You can read the full review here