Felix Mendelssohn: Sonate in F minor, Op.4
L.V. Beethoven: Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
Before this musical duo formed in 2003, Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende were both successful in competitions and were performing extensively as solo artists. De Maeyer began playing the violin at the age of four, and she later studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music London, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule Berlin and the Queen Elisabeth Chapel Waterloo. Kende, who was born into a family of musicians, started playing the piano at the age of five. He studied in Amsterdam, Munich and in Antwerp, where in 2015 he was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. During their studies, they were coached as a duo by Natasha Boyarsky, Stephan Picard, and Elisso Virsaladze. They also received master classes at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel with Augustin Dumay.
The duo quickly gained success, performing in all the big concert halls and festivals in Belgium, such as Bozar, de Singel, Flagey, Concertgebouw Bruges and the Festival of Flanders. Engagements abroad have included performing at the festivals of Montpellier, Menton, and Vexin in France and concerts all over the Netherlands, in Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Prague and the Dutch Antilles.
Future engagements include concerts in the UK, Germany, Canada, a recital tour in South Africa, China and North America (Texas, Vermont, California, Washington DC, Illinois, Alabama).
After several live recordings for the Belgian and Dutch radio, the duo recorded their first studio album ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ in 2015. Released by Warner Classics, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ was received with ravishing reviews by the press. The CD won the ‘Gold Label Prize’ for best chamber music album by Klassiek Centraal (Belgium) in 2016.