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Rave reviews for Scholtes & Janssens' new cd by international press

Scholtes & Janssens' new CD is now being praised by the international press. BBC Music Magazine and Music Web International, among others, wrote rave reviews about the duo's new recording.

BBC Music Magazine wrote 'They breathe together, agree on relative dynamics and tonal color and understand the balance of the textures.' and awarded the CD with no less than 4 **** stars. Read the full review here.

Music Web International compared the recording with the legendary CD by Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, also with Mozart and Schubert:

'Given my affection for that Murray Perahia / Radu Lupu recording of these great works by Mozart and Schubert, I have been pleasantly surprised by how soon I was sold on these performances by Piano Duo Scholtes & Janssens. These recordings can certainly live side by side in any collection, and I have a feeling the newer version might easily end up getting more airplay.'

You can read the full review here.

Scholtes & Janssens at Vrije Geluiden

On Sunday 7 March, Pianoduo Scholtes & Janssens can be seen in the music program Vrije Geluiden. The duo will play Schubert's Fantasie in f. The program can be seen at 10:30 on NPO2 Extra.

Photo: Scholtes & Janssens during the recordings of Vrije Geluiden at the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz

Lestari and Gwylim at Podium Witteman

On Sunday 28 February, Lestari and Gwylim were guests at the television program Podium Witteman on NPO2. The duo played parts from Mozart's Sonata for two pianos in D during an item by Floris Kortie, who talked about the 'Mozart effect'. Lestari and Gwylim also played a short medley of film music together with strings from the Metropole Orchestra. The arrangement was written by film composer Bob Zimmerman.

You can watch the broadcast here.

CD release at Challenge Records International

On January 22nd the new CD of Lestari and Gwylim was released at Challenge Records International. The CD contains Mozart's Sonata for two pianos, Schubert's Fantasy in F minor and a selection of Bach chorales arranged by Kurtag. Last September Scholtes and Janssens recorded the CD in studio 1 of the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep in Hilversum. Order & listen here!

Succesfull coronaproof 8th edition of the Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam

The 8th edition of the Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam took place from 2 to 6 December. Lestari and Gwylim, artistic leaders of the festival, this time presented a modified, corona-proof edition with the main location De Duif in Amsterdam.Guests included jazz duo Peter Beets & Cor Bakker, young jazz talents Sergio Abdoelrahman & Vanjo Elzinga and Piano duo Beth & Flo. Scholtes and Janssens themselves could be heard in four concerts, including with the Intercontinental Ensemble.

The program included the premiere of Schubert's Fantasie in F minor in the arrangement for piano duo and ensemble during this concert. Some of the concerts were live streamed. Watch and listen to them on the festival's YouTube channel.
New corona project: 'A shot in the arm'-concerts

In August and November Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens will tour along Dutch hospitals for four days playing their 'a shot in the arm'-concerts (Dutch: Hart onder de Riem-concerten) to support hard working healthcare personnel in these times of corona. The duo wants to show that music connects and comforts us. The concerts are supported by grants from the 'Balcony scenes' project from the Dutch Performing Art Fund and the 'Culture makers fund', part of the Prince Berhard Culture Fund, both meant for cultural projects in times of corona. 

Scholtes & Janssens sign with Challenge Records International

Piano duo Scholtes & Janssens will cooperate with the Challenge Classics / Challenge Records International label for their upcoming new cd. In September, Lestari and Gwylim will record works by Schubert and Mozart in the Dutch Broadcasting Centre studio's. Their third cd is expected to be released early 2021.

Scholtes & Janssens in times of corona

Just like for all artists worldwide, the corona crisis has major consequences for Lestari and Gwylim as well. All concerts and tours have been canceled for the time being. In the meantime, the duo is busy with rehearsals, making new plans, and the organisation Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam 2020. The duo also recorded part of Mozart's beautiful sonata for two pianos during one of their rehearsals. Watch and listen to the video here.

Succesful China tour

Between November 7 and 17, 2019, Lestari and Gwylim toured through China. The duo gave six performances in Shanghai (Oriental Arts Center), Chengdu, Congqing, Dalian and Qindao. The duo also gave a master class at the Sichaun Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. The tour was supported by, among others, the NBSO China, the Consulate in Congqing and the Bank of China. The concerts of the duo were received with great enthusiasm and the duo is now busy setting up a next tour through China in 2020.

It was not the first time that Scholtes & Janssens performed in China. In November 2018, the duo gave a big tour of 16 concerts throughout the country.

Debut in Myanmar

After performing in an impressive number of countries, the Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo can soon write no. 30 on their list. On March 15, 2019, the duo will perform for the first time in Myanmar as part of their Spring Tour through Asia. The concert is followed by another one in Johor Bahru in the southernmost part of Western Malaysia, after which the duo will travel to the Malay capital Kuala Lumpur for another two concerts.