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The Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo
With an impressive record of international performances and prizes, The Scholtes & Janssens Piano Duo is considered one of the leading Piano Duos of their time.
Bernadeta Astari is a soprano with a wide range of vocal abilities, and winner of prestigious prizes, a.o. the Dutch Classical Talent Competition at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is a true adventurer, participating in both traditional recitals and experimental cross-over productions. She stands out for her interpretations of Baroque music and the ability to connect East with West. Despite her young age, Bernadeta Astari has participated in a lot of opera productions, for example as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro by the Nationale Reisopera.
Pianist Charlie Bo Meijering was chosen to play a solo programme in Lang Lang's project 'The Magic Piano' at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, consisting solely of Chopin's Etudes. A pianist succeeding in playing an entire programme filled with Chopin Etudes and doesn't even get tired, can do anything. This basically characterizes Charlie Bo Meijering, and this is the reason he is also very popular as an accompanying pianist. Besides playing the piano, he is a carilloneur and a cartoonist.
Pianist Celia García-García is a great performer, both musically and theatrically. Her specialties are Spanish and French repertoire and storytelling. Celia is a great performer in her own elegant and extravagant way.
Saxophonist Femke IJlstra and pianist Celia García-García discovered the lightness and the sparkling sound of their instruments combined together. A combination which is perfect for their programme 'Colores del Sur', a light and danceable set of French, Spanish and South American pieces.
Florieke Beelen is a Dutch mezzo soprano. She participated in many opera productions as a soloist, recently a.o. as Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte by the Nationale Reisopera. 'Especially mezzosoprano Florieke Beelen impressed in the role of Dorabella, with a beautiful, smooth timbre in all registers,' a critic wrote in Het Parool. In 2016 she has won two prizes at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition in Sweden, amongst which the 'Stenhammar Prize' for the best performance of Stenhammar.
Konstantyn Napolov is a percussionist from Ukraine, graduated with honors at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He is a promoter of modern percussion music and participant of multiple award winning ensembles, amongst which The Delonix Duo. He has won a.o. the first prize of the International Music Competition in Belgrade and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize.
Ramón Kailani is a flamenco and jazz guitarist and composer.