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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

Biography

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

REPERTOIRE

Piano four hands

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Sonata, Opus 6

Georges Bizet

Jeux d’enfants, Opus 22

Jan Blockx

Waltzes, extr.

Aleksander Borodin

Polovtsian dances (Arr. N. Sokolov)

Johannes Brahms

Hungarian dances, extr.

Liebeslieder Waltzer, Opus 52

Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Opus 65a

Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Opus 23

Frédéric Chopin

Variations in D

Carl Czerny

Ouverture charactéristique et brillante, Opus 54

Claude Debussy

La Mer

Petite Suite

Antonín Dvorák

Legends Opus 59

Edvard Grieg

Symphonic pieces Opus 14

Kjell Mork Karlsen

Griegfragment 2

Franz Liszt

Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 599/2

Festpolonaise, S. 619a

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5

'Marche et Cavatine' from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

(G. Donizetti)

Felix Mendelssohn

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)

Francis Poulenc

Sonata

Sergei Rachmaninov

Six Morceaux, Opus 11

Maurice Ravel

Ma mère l’oye

Rapsodie Espagnole

Julius Röntgen

Introduction, Scherzo, Intermezzo & Finale, Opus 16

Norbert Rosseau

H2O

Arnold Schönberg

Sechs Stücke (1896)

Franz Schubert

Fantasie in f, D 940

Duo in a 'Lebensstürme', D 947

Polonaises, D599 & D824

Divertissement à la hongroise, D 818

Robbert Schumann

Bilder aus Osten, Opus 66

Bedrich Smetana

Die Moldau

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker Suite (Arr. E. Langer)

Sigismund Thalberg

Grande fantasie sur l'opera Beatrice di Tenda (V. Bellini)

Edgar Tinel

Sonata in g, Opus 15

Richard Wagner

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)

 

Two pianos

Johannes Brahms

5 Waltzes Opus 39

Frédéric Chopin

Rondo Opus 73

Manuel Infante

Andalusian Dances

Karel Goeyvaerts

Sonata Opus 1

Witold Lutoslawski

Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Francis Poulenc

Concerto for two pianos

Maurice Ravel

La Valse

Igor Stravinsky

Le Sacre du Printemps

 

 

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