Edition 2019:


Violin: Jolente De Maeyer

Piano: Nikolaas Kende

Viola: Juan-Miguel Hernandez

Cello: Nadège Rochat

Composition, Piano accompaniment: Mathias Coppens

Jolente De Maeyer, violin

‘Completely spellbinding not just in technical matters but in stylistic sensibility and musical characterisation as well’ The Gramophone

One of the leading Belgian violinists, Jolente De Maeyer, has brought her virtuosity and passionate interpretations to diverse global audiences. She is recognized as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings.

Prizewinner of several international competitions in Portugal (Cardona Competition), Russia (Liana Issakadze Competition) and London (Benjamin Britten Competition), the international carreer of Jolente started with a succesful participation at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Performances with all major Belgian orchestras and concert tours in Europe and America followed. She made her debut in Florida, Vermont, California, Washington DC and Canada in 2017. This was followed by an extensive tour in South Africa and North America in 2018 performing amongst others at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. Future engagements include concert tours in Europe, Canada, America and China.

Her recordings include concerti by Saint-Saens and Vieuxtemps with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming, awarded an ‘Editors Choice’ from Diapason, and the CD ‘Kreutzer sonata’ with duo partner Nikolaas Kende, awarded a ‘Gold Label’ from Klassiek Centraal.

After an invitation from Yehudi Menuhin when she was 14 years old, Jolente studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies in London, Berlin and Waterloo where she graduated in the class of Augustin Dumay in 2013.

Since 2018 Jolente is professor violin at the Conservatory of Tilburg, the Netherlands and has given masterclasses in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Texas and California.


Nikolaas Kende, piano

‘Poet in every inch of his fingers’ Le Progres

Nikolaas Kende has been praised for his poetic playing and honest musicality full of passion. Critics have honored his sensitive and visionary musicianship and his flawless skills always serving the music. Both as soloist and chamber musician he is a highly demanded pianist on international concert stages.

A winner of several competitions, including the EPTA, Tenuto and Vriendenkrans Concertgebouw Amsterdam competitions, his successful participation at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2007) was followed by concerts in most European countries and an American debut (2009) with the 1st piano concerto of Brahms.

This debut was well received in the press, “One could almost imagine a young Brahms at the keyboard doing precisely the same thing: more intent on communicating his piece than dazzling listeners with his performance.”

2015 marked his solo debut in Mozambique and South Africa; followed by debuts in Florida, Vermont, California, Washington DC and Canada. In 2018 he made his Chinese debut with an extensive recital tour. Future projects include concert tours, both solo and in duo with Jolente De Maeyer, in Europe, Canada, North America, South-Africa and China.


Nikolaas studied in Antwerp with his parents, Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende, in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn and in Munich and Fiesole with Elisso Virsaladze. In addition he studied with such artists as Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu.

In 2015, Nikolaas was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. He has given masterclasses in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Texas, California and China.


Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola


'tender, lyrical, loaded with personality'  Atlanta Journal Constitution


'the sweetest, most sonorous tone' Washington Post


Performances as soloist and chamber musician have seen Juan-Miguel Hernandez on some of the world’s leading halls, including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Salzburg Mozarteum, King’s Place (London), Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and The White House. 


As a soloist Juan-Miguel has made appearances with orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, San Fransisco Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, iPalpiti Orchestra, as well as the Colorado and Atlanta Symphonies. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé and Itzhak Perlman.


Chamber music being at the forefront of his career, Juan-Miguel was a founder and member of the Harlem Quartet from 2006 to 2012 after which he joined the legendary Fine Arts Quartet from 2013 until 2018. He is also founder and member of the "Trio Virado" (Flute, Viola, Guitar) as well as the "Boreal Trio” (Clarinet, Viola, Piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire.


Festival and program appearances as guest artist and pedagogue include the Festival Pablo Casal (Prades, France), the Festival Des Arcs (France), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), the Brevard Summer Institute (USA), the Mozaic Festival (USA), Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz & Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium), Borromeo (Switzerland) & Madeline Islands (USA) Chamber Music Festivals and the Festival Del lago (Mexico).


Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada and began his musical studies at the age of seven. Among his teachers were Jean MacRae, Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory. He also worked with Dimitri Murrath, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Pinchas Zukerman.


Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria), adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition, presented by JPMorgan Chase. He was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec for his significant international achievements.


In 2016 Juan-Miguel was appointed as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music (London). He was invited to serve on the Jury of the 2017 Johannes Brahms International Competition/Austria and the 2018 Sphinx Competition/USA.

Juan-Miguel Hernandez plays on a 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena/CA.


Nadège Rochat, Cello

'The warmth and specificity of expression in this disc are such that nobody’s winter should be without it.' Gramophone

Nadège Rochat is a distinguished expressive voice among young cellists. Besides her wide-ranging musical interests in baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, she likes to explore forgotten composers, world music and contemporary pieces. She started to play the cello at the age of four and first studied in Geneva, then in Cologne with Maria Kliegel. She attended master classes with Heinrich Schiff and Anner Bijlsma among others, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under Robert Cohen where she now has a teaching assignment.


She won several first prizes in Swiss, German and British competitions and won twice the Swiss SUISA prize for the interpretation of contemporary music. Nadège Rochat has performed in the Tonhalle Zürich, Vienna’s Musikverein, Konzerthaus Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York, the Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the KKL in Luzern or the Victoria Hall in Geneva amongst others.


She has worked with orchestras such as the Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Orchestra of the Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR), the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Sinfonieorchester Biel/Bienne, the Nordwestdeutsche Sinfonieta, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish radio.


Nadège Rochat has appeared in the Festivals of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Cello Unwrapped festival in London, the Settimane musicali of Ascona, the Festival Musica-Musika in Bilbao, the Tannay Festival by Lake Geneva, the MDR Musiksommer, etc. She is a keen chamber musician. Her piano and chamber music partners include Francesco Piemontesi, Bruno Giuranna, Judith Jauregui, Charles-Richard Hamelin, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Girard Quartet.


Her first CD with the Württembergische Philharmonie and Ola Rudner featured the first cello concertos of Edouard Lalo and Darius Milhaud. Her critically acclaimed last CD “Cello Abbey” (2017), recorded with the Staatskapelle Weimar under Paul Meyer includes the cello concertos of Walton and Elgar as well as the first performance of Ina Boyle’s never performed “Elegy”. An upcoming CD will include Ralph Vaughan-Williams Fantasy on Scottish folk tunes.


She plays the cello by Amati/Stradivarius « Ex-Vatican » on generous loan by the Academia de Arte de Florencia. 


Mathias Coppens, composition - accompaniment
Mathias Coppens (1988) is a Belgian pianist-composer based in Los Angeles California. He graduated with the highest distinction for piano and composition under the supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx at the conservatory in Antwerp and graduated in composition with ‘excellence’ at the conservatory of Amsterdam where his teachers were Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx.
He performs regularly as a pianist with London-based violinist Jens Lynen, clarinetist Sven Van De Voorde, as a lied-accompanist, with choir (Flemish Radio Choir), in different chamber music series (f.e. deFilharmonie) or dance productions (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).  As a pianist he played several times with orchestra (Tschaikovsky concerto no 1, Chopin concerto no 1, Beethoven concerto no 3, Rhapsody in Blue of Gershwin and several Mozart concertos) and as a composer he wrote for some leading Belgian and Dutch ensembles/orchestras such as ‘I solisti del Vento’, Bl!ndman, Brussels Philharmonic, Asko-Schönberg ensemble, Atlas ensemble, Hermes Ensemble, Mosa Trio, Kugoni Trio, Casco Phil, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders and others. 
He is the pianist and artistic leader of the ensembles deCompagnie and a founding member of Tetragonist. Both ensembles recorded a cd: deCompagnie under the label Phaedra and TetraGonist recorded the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps of Messiaen (Aliud) which they played on the spot in a tent where the composer wrote the piece during the second world war. With his VZW ‘k Luister he is the artistic director of the Klavierfestival, which had already two editions in Amuz, Antwerp. He is also co-founder of labsummerclass which had it’s first edition in Görlitz, Germany and it’s second edition in Bari, Italy.
Mathias is in a sabbatical, currently living in Los Angeles. He is prof at the conservatory of Antwerp analysis, composition, improvisation and piano (second instrument). He coached students for their endprojects and he taught the course literature of piano in the 20th century. He is also prof harmony and improvisation at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven.