Nikolaas Kende and Jolente De Maeyer
Praised for their ‘symbiotic playing’, ‘pervasive lyricism' and their ‘powerful yet poetic playing’, the De Maeyer - Kende Duo is being recognized as one of the leading musical duos in Europe. After their successes at international competitions, Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende began performing as soloists with all major Belgian orchestras. Highlights were the concert tours of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, and the Brahms 2nd piano concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic under Ainars Rubikis.
As a duo, concerts throughout Europe followed. De Maeyer/Kende has performed in major halls and festivals such as the Festival of Flanders, Festival de Montpellier, Festival de Menton. Their collaboration as a duo for over 15 years has elicited enthusiastic reviews by the press, who has remarked on their exceptional synergy and harmony. In the 2017-18 season, the duo made their debut in Florida, Vermont, California, Washington DC, Texas, Ontario, South Africa and China. Highlights of 2018-19 season include debuts in Chicago, Illinois, New York and Nova Scotia, and concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, the UK and China.
Following De Maeyer’s ‘Editors Choice’ award by Diapason and the ‘Young Soloist of the Year’ award by Belgian classical Radio Klara, Warner Classics released their duo recording, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ in 2016. The CD won the ‘Gold Label Prize’ for best chamber music album by Klassiek Centraal. Having had their training at the conservatories of London, Berlin, Brussels and Munich with artists such as Augustin Dumay and Elisso Virsaladze, these artists are now professors at conservatories in Belgium and the Netherlands and have given master classes in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Texas, California and China.