Violin: Jolente De Maeyer
Piano: Nikolaas Kende
Viola: Juan-Miguel Hernandez
Cello: Jacob Shaw
Clarinet: Sven Van De Voorde
Chamber music, Piano accompaniment: Mathias Coppens
Jolente De Maeyer, violin
Jolente De Maeyer received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 years old, Jolente was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal College of Music in London, Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she graduated in 2013.
At the age of 6, Jolente started participating in several national and international competitions. That year she became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition and also received First Prizes in the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels. Later on Jolente became a prizewinner in several international competitions like Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005). She also became a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.
Jolente performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, het Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Jolente has worked with include Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascale Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen.
In 2013 Jolente made her debut in America (Texas) with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Heyde, where she performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto. This was followed by a recital tour with Nikolaas Kende.
In Belgium Jolente has performed regularly in halls like Bozar, Flagey, the Elisabeth Hall, de Singel and the Roma and she played concerts in festivals such as the Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Montpellier and Menton. Furthermore, she has performed in countries such as Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, as well as in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.
Jolente is also passionate about chamber music. Since 2003, she has formed a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende . Together they formed the Rubensensemble in 2007.
Jolente plays frequently as concertmaster in the Belgian orchestras.
Jolente recorded the 6th Violinconcerto of Henri Vieuxtemps in 2010 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Patrick Davin. This recording received the René Snepvangersprijs from the Belgian Music Press in 2011.
In 2013 Jolente recorded de 2nd Violinconcerto of Saint Saëns with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming. The CD has garnered a Gold Label nomination by Klassiek Centraal and the ‘Editors Choice’ from Diapason Magazine.
In 2016 Jolente recorded the CD ‘Kreutzersonata’ with Nikolaas Kende for Warner Classics. This CD won the Gold Label prize and received rave reviews.
In 2016 Jolente was awarded the prize ‘most promising young artist of the year’ by the Belgian classical radio.
Nikolaas Kende, piano
Nikolaas Kende studied at the Antwerp conservatory with his parents, Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende, and at the Amsterdam conservatory with Jan Wijn. This was followed by intense cooperation with Elisso Virsaladze at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and at the Scuola di Musica Fiesole. In addition he was taught by people like Dmitri Bashkirov, Aldo Ciccolini, Murray Perahia, Dmitri Alexeev and Radu Lupu. Whilst training as a pianist he was given the 2013 “Oranjebeurs” and grants by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst in 2004 and 2005.
While still young Nikolaas Kende won several competitions: the Cantabile competition (Antwerp, 1998), the EPTA international competition for piano duos (1999), the Axion Classics competition (Brussels, 1999), the Stefaan de Jonghe competition (Aalst, 2000) and the Tenuto competition (Brussels, 2002).In 2002 he was a laureate of the Belgian Foundation for Young Soloists, in 2004 he came second in the competition of the Young Pianist Foundation in The Hague, and in 2005 he won the PianistenParadein ’s-Hertogenbosch, in which he also obtained the prizes of the public and of the press. In the next year he was a laureate of the th music competition of the Ghent Rotary Club and he won the 57th competition organized by the Friends of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In this competition too he won the prize of the press and the AVRO Klassiek prize, which enabled him to record a CD.
In 2007 he reached the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and he was a laureate of the Young Soloists Competition organized by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. He was still young when he began his international career with invitations to France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria. His American debut (California and Texas) in 2009 got favorable press reviews, and he followed it up with another American tour in 2013.
He has performed on all the important Belgian concert stages. Recently, concerts have taken him to Spain, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Netherlands Antilles and the festivals of Montpellier, Menton and Vexin in France.He has played concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Ravel, Rakhmaninov and Bartók, with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra conducted by Etienne Siebens, Koen Kessels, Ivo Venkov, Jurgen Küssmaul, Ernst van Tiel, Daniele Callegari, Dirk Vermeulen, Paul Goodwin, Stephen Heyde and David Angus among others.
Nikolaas Kende is also an avid chamber musician. Since 2003 he has formed a duo with the violinist Jolente De Maeyer and he was a co-founder of the Rubens Ensemble in 2007. He was the pianist of the Narziss und Goldmund Trio in their recording of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat (D. 929) on Phaedra Classics. This recording was followed by a solo recording of piano music by Johannes Brahms for Phaedra Classics.
He has made numerous recordings for radio (the Belgian classical channel Klara, RTBF, AVRO, Radio Romania, France Musique , WDR) and television.
In 2015, Nikolaas was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.
Future projects include recital tours, both solo and in duo with Jolente, in Canada, America, South-Africa and China.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
An artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing "...the sweetest, most sonorous tone..." (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
Juan-Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Robert Spano, Misha Dichter, the Weilerstein trio, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Stanley Clark and Paquito D’Rivera to name a few. Recent festival and program appearances as guest artist and teacher include the Festival Pablo Casal (Prades, France), the Festival Des Arcs (France), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Festival Des Graves (Bordeaux, France), the Salzburg Festival, the Brevard Summer Institute, the Mozaic Festival, Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz & Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium).
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel is the newest member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and a founding member of the Harlem Quartet with whom he performed from 2006 to 2012. Juan-Miguel is also a 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. From 2005 to 2010, he was also an active member of the I Palpiti orchestra, a cast of international laureates forming a world class string orchestra based in Los Angeles.
On radio airwaves and television broadcasts, Juan-Miguel has been heard and seen on nationally-syndicated programs throughout Canada, and the United States including NBC's Good Morning America, The Today Show and the Telemundo Network. His discography includes three quartet CDs, released on the Naxos, Cedille records, the White Pine and Navona labels as well as multiple collaborations on various other labels including the album "Hot House" playing alongside Chick Corea and Gary Burton for which they won a Grammy, as well as Norah Jones’ album “Broken Little Hearts”. 2015 will see the release of Trio Virado’s debut album, “Mangabeira”, featuring music by Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer and original music by Sergio Assad. In autumn 2015, PBS will feature Juan-Miguel on its “Adelante” show in a short documentary.
His strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe have brought him to reach young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and outreach projects in Europe and North America.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada in 1985 and began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve. He received his Bachelor degree from the Colburn Conservatory in 2010 studying with Paul Coletti and Graduate Diploma in the Professional String Quartet program in 2012 with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, working privately with Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath. He also worked before Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Robert Vernon.
Juan-Miguel plays a beautiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena CA.
Jacob Shaw, Cello
“Spellbinding... True poetry” (The Strad, 2016): International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Oslo Concert House, Walt Disney Concert Hall...
His 2015 2CD album DEBUT won rave reviews internationally - Remy Franck, director of the International Classical Music Awards wrote "No doubt: Jacob Shaw is one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers I have heard in the last time".
With a vast repertoire and fresh approach to classical concerts, Jacob often tours his “Radical Classic” project as an alternative movement to build a diverse and new generation of classical music lovers. His passion for collaborating with different cultures and musical genres has led to projects with indie, jazz, folk, traditional and electronic musicians. Together in a duo with the pianist David Lau Magnussen, he has toured most of Asia, the USA and Europe, including playing concerts for royal families in London (including the Queen of Denmark) and a live televised performance in China for over 40 million viewers. 2017 is the 5th year of collaboration with Duo Shaw-Magnussen. They are actively involved in instigating and creating outreach projects around the world such as in prisons, refugee centers, hospitals etc.
Highly in demand as a teacher, he has given masterclasses in music universities/conservatories worldwide (Paris, New York, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai...) and in 2016 created his own foundation to support, educate and promote young cellists, the Scandinavian Cello School (www.scandinaviancelloschool.com). All projects are free to participants and to date, the foundation has facilitated numerous projects including coaching sessions for a young cello soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic (with Berlin Chamber Orchestra), cello camps on the Costa del Sol in Spain, and shorter masterclasses in China, Poland, Romania and Denmark.
Together with his family, Jacob Shaw is the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente (www.chalaismusique.com) which is now in the 9th year, as well the International Music Ambassador for Dulwich College International in Asia.
During his studies in London, Paris, Augsburg and Copenhagen he won top prizes at national and international competitions (FLAME, David Popper, Stein, Haverhill Sinfonia, "Natexis" Banque Populaire, Danish String Competition) as well as honours from foundations such as the Harby, Virtuoso of the future - Sommets du Classique Festival, Raphael Sommer, Leopold Mozart and Anglo-Danish Society.
Jacob Shaw is a Pirastro Artist.
Sven Van De Voorde, clarinet
Sven Van De Voorde (°1988) began his professional clarinet studies in the Royal Conservatory of Ghent with Eddy Vanoosthuyse and is currently pursuing a Master degree in the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Harri Mäki, Olli Leppäniemi and Kari Kriikku. Equally gifted as an accordionist Sven studied classical accordion in the Conservatory of Ghent with Philippe Thuriot and jazz with Tuur Floorizone.
He is laureate of numerous competitions on both clarinet and accordion (Axion Classics, Ottoboni, Vlamo, Citta di Carlino). Recently Sven won the fifth prize in the prestigious Ghent Clarinet Competion.
Sven currently works as co-principal clarinet with Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Before that he held an apprenticeship position with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He played numerous productions with Brussels Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Flanders and Prima La Musica, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti chamber orchestra in Finland.
Sven is a founding member of DeCompagnie and Tetragonist. Both ensembles released their debut CD in 2014.
Sven was elected laureate of Swuk 2014.
Mathias Coppens, chamber music - accompaniment
Mathias Coppens (°1988) began his professional piano and composition studies in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp under supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx. He pursued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx where he gratuated with the highest distinction.
He is laureate of numerous competitions for piano and composition (Axion Classics, Ottoboni, Stephan De Jonghe, Robus, Tenso) and got numerous prices: Young composer of 2006, 'Jeugd en Muziek'-price, Artos-price, et cet...
Mathias played as a soloist and chambermusic player in various hals like 'La Monnaie' (Brussels), Mozarthaus (Vienna), St- Martens in the Fields (London), deSingel (Antwerp) and numerious others. His compositions where performed by 'I Solisti del vento', Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, Bl!ndman Sax, Eric Ericsson choir, Brussels Philharmonic, Hermes Ensemble, Oddyseia ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Casco Phil et cet... He is currently composer in residence with Hermes ensemble. He often works together with theater (Melkweg Amsterdam, theater de Spiegel, et cet..)
He is artistic leader of deCompagnie, co-founder of TetraGonist and he organises the Klavierfestival in Amuz, Antwerp. He teaches piano literature, is assistant analysis of prof Wim Henderickx and coaches projects of the composition class at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Together with Karel Tuytschaever he has set up the interdisciplinary week at the KCA. Since 2016 he teaches piano-improvisation at the Lemmens institut, Leuven.