BE Kugoni – Kugoni Trio
Newly composed and commissioned works by Wim Henderickx, Piet Swerts, Pieter Schuermans, Mathias Coppens & Jeroen D’hoe.
“Nicolas is not only a great violinist with a very strong technique, he is a great musician. His playing is very sincere, with a great variety of colours and emotions…”Bruno Delepelaire, 1st solo cellist Berliner Philharmoniker
“Nicolas is an extremely gifted young man endowed with wonderful musicality and absolute dedication to his craft…If I would have to vouch for a few young artists that deserve to be heard Nicolas is absolutely one of them.” Itamar Golan, concert pianist
“It seemed as if this piece had been written for him… Nicolas Dupont was one with the music." (on the F. Poulenc sonata, Robert Williams, Klassiek Centraal, February 2017)
"Was sparkling with virtuosity and perfection of interaction"on the C. Franck sonata, Robert Williams, Klassiek Centraal, February 2017
“The icing on the cake was undoubtedly the perfect rendition of the César Franck sonata. They built this musical monument with convincing authority and mutual understanding."Klassiek Centraal, December 2016
“The players did not make one slip in these very demanding passages which they delivered with real verve.” On Beethovens 'Razumovsky' String Quartet Op. 59 N°3, Charles Stokes - Edinburgh49, January 2017
“I was particularly blown away by the astonishingly fine playing of Nicolas Dupont…here was high speed scampering playing delivered with astonishing accuracy.” On Beethovens 'Razumovsky' String Quartet Op. 59 N°3, Alan Cooper – Independent, January 2017
“The violinist was convincing in every aspect...Duponts playing was powerful, virtuoso, flawless and decisive” On Wilfried Westerlinck's 'three capriccios', Klassiek Centraal, September 2015
"The two musicians have shown exceptional talent with this eclectic repertoire, highlighting this beautiful combination of instruments with subtle variations.”on the duo Andaluza, Midi libre, August 2014
"We have to admit that this young violinist Nicolas Dupont and the pianist Olga Kirpicheva play this sonata by Debussy with stunning ardour and control.” Cristian Ciocca, Radio Télévision Suisse, July 2013
“With over 80 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation.” (El Diario Montanes)
As a member of the Kugoni Trio, the Malibran Quartet, the Urban Piano Quartet, the Argenta Trio and the Duo Andaluza, he has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place, Colston Hall (UK), BOZAR, Flagey, AMUZ, deSingel (BE).
Based in Brussels since 2017, Nicolas frequently travels as a soloist, in duo with the pianists Olga Kirpicheva, Yunus Tuncalı and Giulio Potenza, or with his trio and quartet colleagues across Europe and Asia. His ensembles are ambassadors for contemporary music and have commissioned over fifty pieces in close collaboration with composers.
“If I would have to vouch for a few young artists that deserve to be heard Nicolas is absolutely one of them.” (Itamar Golan)
Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi, Festival van Vlaanderen, Klarafestival (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Eckelshausener Musiktage (DUI), Norfolk & Norwich, Chipping Campden, Brighton, Windsor and Winchester Festivals (UK) and Buma Classical (NL), performing with Yuzuko Horigome, Justus Grimm, Máté Szűcs, Annelien Van Wauwe, Mihaela Martin, Pascal Moragues, Rohan De Silva, Michel Arrignon, Marie Hallynck, Gaby Van Riet, Michel Béroff, Lucas Blondeel, Daniel Blumenthal, Roeland Hendrikx and Valentin Erben.
Although he has consciously avoided taking part in violin competitions, he was the recipient of a number of distinctions in recent years; the Kugoni Trio won first prizes at the Supernova (2013) and Forte Limburg (2015) competitions and was awarded the Fuga Trophy (2018) for the promotion of Belgian music. In April 2015, he was given the ‘Kolonel en Mevrouw Bisschop-Matthijssen’ prize by the Brussels Conservatoire for outstanding students and in London he was a laureate of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Club Award’ (2016), the ‘Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award’ (2016), and the ‘Concordia Foundation Artists’ Fund’ (2017). With the Urban Piano Quartet, he won the Supernova competition a second time (2019), and became a finalist at the Nordic Strings Competition (DK, 2019) and the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin (CN, 2020).
Nicolas is a 2020 laureate of the ‘VOCATIO’ foundation (BE). Thanks to the National Lottery and it’s players, he will initiate a new concert series in close collaboration with composers, aiming to engage more musicians to give a place to new music in concert programming.
Nicolas Dupont has made several recordings for the BBC3, the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio Suisse–Romande, the Dutch Radio 4, the Italian RAI3 and Radio Vaticana and has appeared on Belgian national television (Stingray Brava and Canvas).
Despite his young age, Nicolas’ discography includes around ten CD’s with music by Astor Piazzolla, Emil Hartmann, Josef Suk, Leoš Janáček as well as Belgian music by Wilfried Westerlinck, Jan Van Landeghem, Piet Swerts, Wim Henderickx and Jeroen d’Hoe. Over the course of the 2020-2021 season, he will release five new CD’s, amongst others Brahms/Vasks with the Urban Piano Quartet, a duo-CD with guitarist Stijn Konings, a duo-CD with pianist Olga Kirpicheva and a CD dedicated to the music of Piet Swerts and Camille Saint-Saëns with the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble.
“His great violinistic talent and exceptional musical personality deserve to be recognized by everyone.” (Michel Arrignon)
He has much enjoyed playing for several years with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra and now is leader of the the Young European Strings Camerata. With these chamber orchestras, Nicolas has performed in major European concert halls, such as the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Musikverein of Vienna, the Barbican in Londen,… and in the USA. As a concertmaster he has worked amongst others with Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Santander Festival Orchestra,… under the baton of Trevor Pinnock, Krzystof Penderecki, Patrick Davin, Michel Tabachnik and Peter Csaba.
Nicolas Dupont started studying violin with Dejan Mijajev at the age of four. After having gained solid technical bases, and the love of music and the violin from this great pedagogue, Nicolas continued his education with Yuzuko Horigome at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and with Rodney Friend at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He obtained both Master degrees with the highest honours for violin. Both professors deeply inspired Nicolas, helped him to develop his technique and musicality, and shaped the musician he is today.
In the meantime, he specialised in chamber music at the CNSM of Paris in the class of concert pianist Itamar Golan, who strongly influenced his musical view and approach to music. As a duo with pianist Olga Kirpicheva, he graduated from this school with ‘mention très bien à l’unanimité’.
Throughout his studies, Nicolas has worked on several occasions with Zakhar Bron and Mihaela Martin and he has participated in Master classes with Maxim Vengerov, Pierre Amoyal , Philippe Graffin, Ana Chumachenko,… and for chamber music with A.R. El Bacha, Paul Badura-Skoda, Rudolf Buchbinder, Bruno Canino, Ralph Kirshbaum, Walter Boeykens,…and with quartets such as Talich, Chilingirian, Prazak, Danel, Enesco, Fine Arts, Ebène, Alban Berg etc.
“Nicolas Dupont plays with an unprecedented flexibility and musicality.” (Radio Klara)
Nicolas is very grateful for the support that was given to him during his studies abroad. Apart from his family’s and friends’ support, his musical development was generously made possible by the RotaryClub of Antwerp, Delen Private Bank, the Robus, Inspiratum, SWUK and Jovaro foundations and in the UK the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, the Stephen Bell Trust , the Drake Calleja Trust and the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust.
Passionate about teaching, Nicolas serves –after teaching the violin for two years at King’s College London- as the assistant to Mrs Yuzuko Horigome at the Royal Conservatoire (Koninklijk Conservatorium) of Brussels.
Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.
Newly composed and commissioned works by Wim Henderickx, Piet Swerts, Pieter Schuermans, Mathias Coppens & Jeroen D’hoe.
works for piano and strings by Emil Hartmann feat. Daniel Blumenthal (piano), Elisabeth Zeuthen-Schneider & Nicolas Dupont (violins), Tony Nys (viola), Justus Grimm (violoncello)
Works by Wim Henderickx, Johan Sluys, Paul Steegman, Koen Dejonghe, Marleen Dupont, Bart Verstraeten, Benjamien Lyce, Jasper Vanpaemel, Eddy Flecijn, Ward de Vleeschhouwer
Nicolas Dupont (violin) & Giulio Potenza (piano) record a selection of music by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček.
Signatures from composing Flanders; Twenty-five compositions from twenty-three contemporary classical composers who set their stamp on the classical music of today.
also featuring K. Bertels, B. Koch J. Bonny, B. Fournier, B. Vanderbeke, N. Callot, D. Notermans and N. Kende.
Josef Suk – Serenade for strings in Es Op. 6
Gražyna Bacewicz – Divertimento for strings
Nino Rota – Concerto for strings
W. Westerlinck – ‘Three Capriccios’ for violin solo
W. Westerlinck – ‘Suite de Montsouris’ (Duo Andaluza)
W. Westerlinck – ‘Sonatine’ (Kugoni Trio)
also featuring A. Lavoisier, B. Dieltjens, A. Baerten & P. Verhoyen.
The Kugoni Trio, Nicolas Dupont (violin), Kurt Bertels (saxophone) and Bert Koch (piano) have been highly respected guests in concert halls both in Belgium and abroad since their founding in 2010; they owe this not only to the unique blend of these instruments, but also to their energetic performances and their passionate search for new repertoire.
Second violinist of the Malibran Quartet since January 2018. Founded in 2008, Tatiana Samouil, Nicolas Dupont, Tony Nys and Guy Danel have grown to be an ensemble with a strong vision and belief in the future of classical music.
Urban Piano Quartet brings a modern, fresh and dynamic touch to classical works whilst also familiarising audiences with more contemporary sounds.
Founded in 2018 in Brussels, and only after a few months of existence, the Urban Piano Quartet won the Supernova 2019 chamber music competition.
Stijn Konings (guitar) & Nicolas Dupont (violin) decided to create the ‘Duo Andaluza’ in 2013, to explore the fascinating repertoire for this intimate and virtuoso combination of instruments and to share it with their audience trough passion and enthousiasm.
Formed in 2012, Olga Kirpicheva (piano) & Nicolas Dupont (violin) completed their Master studies under the guidance of concert pianist Itamar Golan at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de de Danse of Paris in 2015 with highest honours.
They are regular guests in major Belgian concert halls such as AMUZ (Antwerp), Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), have performed extensively in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark, and have made recordings for the Radio Suisse-Romande (CH), Musiq’3 (BE) and Radio Klara (BE).
The London-based Argenta Trio was formed in 2015. Malgorzata Garstka, Nicolas Dupont and Margarita Balanas have already performed at London venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Conway Hall and Wigmore Hall.
|21. June time TBC||le Jardin Musical, Brussels (BE)||Streaming concert: Schubert string quintet with Hrachya & Sevak Avanesyan, Lidy Blijdorp & Marc Sabbah|
|28. June||salle Henri Leboeuf, BOZAR, Brussels (BE)||Vocatio laureates streaming concerts - Duo Andaluza - Music by Laurent Boutros|
|3. & 4. July||Rosario, Bever (BE)||CD-recording Duo Andaluza - music by Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Piazzolla, Westerlinck, De Boeck, de Sarasate, Boutros|
|6. July||deSingel, Antwerp (BE)||Hermes Ensemble - CD recording - music by J-L. Fafchamps|
|7., 8. & 9. July||Tourcoing (FR)||CD recording Ensemble K - music by Copland, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Borodin & Lacaze|
|4. August, 8 PM||Dominicanenkerk, Knokke (BE)||Klassiek Leeft - Beethoven pianoconcerti with Jan Michiels, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Camille Joubert, Sander Geerts, Sevak Avanesyan & David Desimpelaere||info & tickets|
|5. August||TBC||Streaming concert with Jef Neve|
|27. August||Kortrijk (BE)||Wilde Westen - Malibran Quartet|
|6. September, 3 PM||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - le Bestiaire|
|13. September, 4 PM||Muze, Heusden-Zolder (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - le Bestiaire|
|*CANCELED due to COVID-19* 18-19-20. September||Plantentuin Meise (BE)||Kâsteaux Festival|
|23.-24. September||Royal College of Music, London (UK)||"How do you practise" - Workshop|
|26. September||Lozère (FR)||Trio concert with Jill Jeschek & Yunus Tuncali|
|1. October||Leut, Maasmechelen (BE)||Carousel Ensemble|
|*CANCELED due to COVID-19* 2. October||Flagey, Brussels (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet - music by Wilfried Westerlinck|
|2. October||TBC||Guest leading - Ataneres Ensemble & Four Aces Guitar Quartet|
|3. October||Hamme (BE)||Carousel Ensemble|
|4. October, 11 AM||CC Deurne (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|11. October 2 PM||Concertgebouw Brugge||Carousel Ensemble|
|11. October 6.30 PM||Festival du Hainaut (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|18. October 11 AM||Mol (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble|
|15. November||Koksijde (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|19. November||Arsonic, Mons (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|20. November||Ghent (BE)||Schubert "the trout" quintet|
|22. November 11 AM||Winksele (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Mozart, Hummel, Kokai|
|22. November 3 PM||Winksele (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Mozart, Hummel, Kokai|
|29. November 11.30 AM||Vlissingen (NL)||Recital with Giulio Potenza|
|3. December||Woluwe (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|9. December||Beeldenstorm, Anderlecht (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|13. December, 11 AM||Cultural Center Hoboken (BE)||Duo Andaluza|
Past – Highlights
|2019||January||Mendes Wood Gallery, Brussels (BE)||Mozart, Dvorak & Debussy String Quartets with Noe Inui, Marc Sabbah & David Cohen|
|2019||January||Flagey Studio 1, Brussels (BE)||Jongen, Vasks & Fauré with monika darzinkeviciute, Clément Holvoet & Kacper Novak|
|2019||January||Faversham (UK)||Schubert, Debussy & Shostakovich trios with Christine Lee and Malgorzata Garstka|
|2019||January||Brussels area (BE)||Malibran Quartet with Irina Lankova - Beethoven & Dvorak|
|2019||January||Parliament of the Flemish Region, Brussels (BE)||Kugoni Trio - de Vleeschhouwer, Decadt, Piazzolla, Van Landeghem|
|2019||February||Abdij van Dielegem, Jette (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2019||February||CC Hasselt (BE)||leading Symphonia Assai - de Falla, Ravel & Rodrigo|
|2019||February||Le Louvre, Lens (FR)||leading Symphonia Assai|
|2019||February||Klara Studios, VRT, Brussels (BE)||CD Recording 'Fingerprints 3' with Kugoni Trio|
|2019||February||de Bijloke, Ghent (BE)||Kugoni Trio, Startschot|
|2019||March||LOD, Ghent (BE)||Kugoni Trio, Flandria|
|2019||March||Bozar, Brussels (BE)||Kugoni Trio, Flandria|
|2019||March||St John's Smith Square, London (UK)||Argenta Trio - Debussy, Vasks & Shostakovich trios|
|2019||March||Sint-Niklaas (BE)||Pianofest opening concert - with Yuzuko Horigome, Bruno Philippe & Yannick Van de Velde|
|2019||March||Pro Musica, Lier (BE)||Malibran Quartet & Annelien Van Wauwe - Brahms clarinet quintet & Weinberg string trio|
|2019||March||Abbaye de la Cambre, Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet - 7 last words of Christ - Haydn|
|2019||March||Bozar, Brussels (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet @ KlaraFestival|
|2019||March||Tourinnes-la-Grosse (BE)||Festival Max Van der Linden with Irina Lankova, Lorenzo Gatto, Marc Tooten, Luc Tooten, Michel Lethiec & Segolene Van Der Straten|
|2019||April||Music Instruments Museum, Brussels (BE)||Concerts de Midi recital with Olga Kirpicheva - Boulanger, Poulenc, Westerlinck & Debussy|
|2019||April||Teatro Savoia, Campobasso (IT)||duo concert with Wim Mertens|
|2019||April||Academiezaal, Sint-Truiden (BE)||CD-recording Kugoni Trio|
|2019||April||CC Hasselt (BE)||leading Symphonia Assai - Britten, Elgar & Vaughan Williams|
|2019||April||de Grote Post, Oostende (BE)||Kugoni Trio, Flandria|
|2019||May||deSingel, Antwerp (BE)||Kugoni Trio, Flandria|
|2019||May||Cyprus (TUR)||Recital with Yunus Tuncali - Poulenc & Grieg|
|2019||May||Aula Pieter de Somer, Leuven (BE)||Young European String Camerata|
|2019||May||CC Hasselt (BE)||Solo concert Richter/Vivaldi with Jef Neve & orchestra|
|2019||June||AMUZ, Antwerpen (BE)||Recital with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2019||June||GC de Notelaer, Oostmalle (BE)||Duo Andaluza|
|2019||June||Théâtre Marni, Brussels (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet @ Festival Musiq3|
|2019||July||Stadsschouwburg Leuven (BE)||Midi-Minimes Roeland Henrikx Ensemble|
|2019||July||Royal Conservatory of Brussels (BE)||Midi-Minimes Roeland Henrikx Ensemble|
|2019||August||Kasteel van Bouchout, Meise (BE)||Kasteaux Festival - with Asi Matathias, Bas Treub, Kei Tojo, Marc Sabbah, Ofer Canetti & Sébastien Walnier|
|2019||August||Thy Chamber Music Festival (DK)||Ravel piano trio with Daniel Blumenthal & Mikko Pablo|
|2019||August||Thy Chamber Music Festival (DK)||Brødsgaard & Gade chamber music with a.o. Elisabeth Schneider, Máté Szücs, Kacper Novak, Justus Grimm|
|2019||August||Thisted Musikteater (DK)||Urban Piano Quartet - Peteris Vasks|
|2019||August||Boom (BE)||Violin 2 section leader @ Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen|
|2019||September||Saisons Musicales de Bon Air, Nalinnes (BE)||Borodin, Dvorak & Shostakovich quartets with Claire Dassesse, Clément Holvoet & Aurora Dassesse|
|2019||September||Utrecht (NL)||Gaudeamus Muziekweek - Kugoni Trio|
|2019||September||Antwerp (BE)||Celebrating Wilfried Westerlinck’s 75th birthday - with Stijn Konings & Olga Kirpicheva|
|2019||September||Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Paris (FR)||Recital with Yunus Tuncali - Works by Poulenc & Grieg|
|2019||September||Beethoven Festival, Bonn (DE)||Guest leader Sonoro Quartet - Eric Domenech première|
|2019||October||Hotel de Ville, Quaregnon (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet - Vasks & Fauré|
|2019||October||China tour (CH)||Kugoni Trio|
|2019||October||Wijnegem (BE)||Nicolas Dupont & friends concert - Debussy, Kodaly, Mahler & Franck with Olga Kirpicheva, Jane H. Cho, Hélène Desaint & Adrien Bellom|
|2019||October||CC Hasselt (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet - Brahms & Vasks|
|2019||November||CC Nova, Wetteren (BE)||Duo Andaluza|
|2019||November||Academiezaal, Sint-Truiden (BE)||CD-release “Essence by Kugoni Trio”|
|2019||November||Melsen (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Recording & concert Stefaan Vanheertum music|
|2019||November||Peer (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Swerts & Mozart|
|2019||November||Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerpen (BE)||Guest leading Antwerp Symphony Orchestra - Van Parys, Brewaeys, Debussy|
|2019||November||Danish Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen (DK)||CD-release for ‘da capo classics’ - Emil Hartmann chamber Music with E. Zeuthen-Schneider, T. Nys, J. Grimm & D. Blumenthal|
|2019||November||Vilnius (LT)||Kugoni Trio|
|2019||December||De grote post, Oostende (BE)||Leading Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen|
|2019||December||MG concerts, Brussels (BE)||Schubert String Quintet with Elina Buksha,...|
|2019||December||CC het Perron, Ieper (BE)||Leading Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen|
|2019||December||Maasmechelen (BE)||Essence by Kugoni Trio - presentatieconcert|
|2019||December||Conservatorium Kortrijk (BE)||Euterpe concert - Urban Piano Quartet|
|2019||December||Mont-sur-Marchienne (BE)||Malibran Quartet & Sophie Hallynck - Debussy & Beethoven|
|2020||Jaunary||Waregem (BE)||Histoire du Soldat with Roeland Hendrikx & Lucas Blondeel|
|2020||January||Music Instruments Museum, Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet|
|2020||January||(BE)||Musica & Poetica tour - Urban Piano Quartet|
|2020||February||de Singel, Antwerpen (BE)||Klara in de Singel - Kugoni Trio - Fingerprints#3 & Urban Piano Quartet|
|2020||February||Arsonic, Mons (BE)||CD-recording Urban Piano Quartet - Brahms & Vasks|
|2020||February||CC Hasselt (BE)||Leading Symphonia Assai - Mozart, Mendelssohn & Beethoven|
|2020||February||Concertgebouw Brugge (BE)||première 'le Bestière' & 'carnaval des animaux' (Piet Swerts) with Roeland Hendrikx Esemble|
|2020||February||Château de Chimay (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|2020||February||Palais des beaux-arts, Charleroi (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|2020||February||Waddinxveen (NL)||Recital with Giulio Potenza|
|2020||March||CC Hasselt (BE)||Bartok, Khatchaturian, Stravinsky trios with Roeland Hendrikx & Lucas Blondeel|
|2020||March||Arlberg (AT)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Swerts & Saint-Saëns|
|2020||March||Kortrijk (BE)||Malibran Quartet - Beethoven Op. 130 & 133|
|2020||March||CC Bornem (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Workshop & Concert|
|2020||March||Royal Conservatory of Brussels (BE)||FUKKO Charity Concert - leading Beethoven concerto with Yuzuko Horigome|
|2020||May||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||CD recording "le Bestiaire" (Piet J. Swerts) & Carnaval des Animaux with Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble|
|2020||June||Grotte de la Salamandre, Méjannes-le-Clap (FR)||Video-recording with Jill Jeschek - duos by Bach, Blavet, Milhaud, Britten, Bartok & Mozart|