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Here are not just two pianists sitting side by side, rather their four hands seem to be controlled by one soul. - Klassieke Zaken
The Mephisto Piano Duo consists of the successful pianists Katrijn Simoens and John Gevaert. Since their debut in 2007, the duo has harvested international success at prestigious competitions as well as on the concert stage.
The duo won the 1st prize and all special prizes at the 11th edition of the International Concours Grieg in Oslo for piano four hands (Sept 2010), the 1st prize and the special prize at the 5th edition of the ‘Concours International de Piano à Quatre Mains’ in Valberg (Dec 2010), the Friends’ prize at the 11th International Chamber Music Competition in Almere (June 2011) and the 2nd prize at the 15th edition of the International Music Tournament in Paris (June 2012).
They met at the Conservatory of Antwerp, where they studied with Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx. Afterwards they perfected themselves at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jan Wijn and Willem Brons.
The duo is praised for their technical brilliance and an exceptional sense of color. They have been invited to prestigious festivals, among others the KlaraFestival, the Grieg Festival in Oslo and the 'Chamber Music Session' festival in Kiev. In addition, the duo has performed in renowned venues such as the Lyon Opera, the Palace of Versailles, the Palais des Beaux Arts and La Monnaie (De Munt) in Brussels, deSingel in Antwerp and the Concertgebouw Brugge.
They have given several performances of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, together with Casco Phil - the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Benjamin Haemhouts.
Their debut album with works by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner was released in 2013 on the Klara label in cooperation with EMI Music Belgium. Their second album with works by Röntgen, Rosseau and Tinel was released on the Phaedra label in 2015.
Behind the piano they transform into intense piano-maniacs, for whom the world around seems to disappear completely. - Staalkaart
Piano four hands
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Sonata, Opus 6
Jeux d’enfants, Opus 22
Polovtsian dances (Arr. N. Sokolov)
Hungarian dances, extr.
Liebeslieder Waltzer, Opus 52
Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Opus 65a
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Opus 23
Variations in D
Ouverture charactéristique et brillante, Opus 54
Legends Opus 59
Symphonic pieces Opus 14
Kjell Mork Karlsen
Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 599/2
Festpolonaise, S. 619a
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5
'Marche et Cavatine' from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’
Andante and Variaties, Opus 83a
Andante and Allegro, Opus 92
William Allaudin Mathieu
Five Poems for Four Hands: Nr. 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in C, KV 521
Overture from ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ (Arr. C. Czerny)
Six Morceaux, Opus 11
Ma mère l’oye
Introduction, Scherzo, Intermezzo & Finale, Opus 16
Sechs Stücke (1896)
Fantasie in f, D 940
Duo in a 'Lebensstürme', D 947
Polonaises, D599 & D824
Divertissement à la hongroise, D 818
Bilder aus Osten, Opus 66
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker Suite (Arr. E. Langer)
Grande fantasie sur l'opera Beatrice di Tenda (V. Bellini)
Sonata in g, Opus 15
Tannhäuser Overture (Arr. H. von Bülow)
Parsifal Overture (Arr. door E. Humperdinck)
Extr. from "Die Walkure"
- Siegmund und Sieglinde (Arr. J. Rubinstein)
- Walkürenritt (Arr. C. Tausig)
5 Waltzes Opus 39
Rondo Opus 73
Sonata Opus 1
Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Concerto for two pianos
Le Sacre du Printemps
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