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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)

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.