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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) 

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