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Their new recording of the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata for Violin and Piano was awarded the Golden Label award in June 2016. Both have been competitors and winners at major European music competitions. Their playing illustrates "hand in glove" precision and sensitive dialogue.



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Jolente De Maeyer received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 she 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,with Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and with Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.

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 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). Shewas alsoa semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.

In 2003 Jolente formed a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende and together they formed the Rubens Ensemble in 2007. Jolente recorded the 6th Violin concerto 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 Violin concerto of Saint Saëns with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming.

Nikolaas Kende was born to a family of musicians in 1981. At the age of five he started to study piano with his parents. Between 1999 and 2005 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with prof. Jan Wijn, and at the Royal Antwerp conservatory where he also studied organ with prof. Joris Verdin. Since his successful participation at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2007), concerts have taken Nikolaas Kende to important festivals and halls. Amongst others to the Netherlands, France (festival Montpellier, festival Menton, festival Vexin), Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the Dutch Antilles. His American debut (California and Texas) in 2009 garnered favorable press reviews, and he followed it up with another American tour in 2013 which included a well-received concert in Blanco with Jolente de Maeyer. In 2015 he made his debut in Africa (South-Africa and Mozambique).

As a soloist Nikolaas 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. He is also an avid chamber musician. He was the pianist of the Narziss und Goldmund Trio in their recording of Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat. He has made numerous recordings for radio (the Belgian classical channel Klara, RTBF, AVRO, Radio Romania, France Musique, WDR) and television. He is professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.




Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sonata in F minor, op.4

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major, op.162, D.574 'Grand Duo'

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no.9, op.47 'Kreutzer'


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Christopher Mason

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