L. Janacek – Violin and piano works
Nicolas Dupont (violin) & Giulio Potenza (piano)
L. Janacek: Zdenka’s Variations Piano sonata 1.x.1905 Violin Sonata Dumka In the mists
“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
"I was very impressed by his phenomenal command of the instrument and unique musicality"Eszter Haffner, violinist, professor ‘Kunstuniversität Graz’ and ‘Danish Royal Academy of Music’ http://www.eszterhaffner.com
“His great violinistic talent and exceptional musical personality should be recognized by everyone.” Michel Arrignon – Clarinettist, professor ‘Reina Sofia’ (Madrid), ‘CNSM de Paris’ , ex-clarinet solo ‘Opéra de Paris’ and 'Ensemble InterContemporain’.
With over 80 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation.
With the Kugoni Trio (violin-saxophone-piano) and the Duo Andaluza (violin-guitar), amongst others, he has already performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Both ensembles are ambassadors for contemporary music and have commissioned over thirty pieces in close collaboration with composers.
In Belgium, Nicolas Dupont has been a guest in major concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), AMUZ (Antwerp) and the Concertgebouw of Bruges. In the United Kingdom, as a guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and as a founding member of the London based Argenta Trio, amongst others, Nicolas has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Arts Club, King’s Place, Duke’s Hall, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Colston Hall (Bristol), Colyer Fergusson Hall (Canterbury) and The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).
Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi, Festival van Vlaanderen, Klarafestival (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival (USA), Eckelshausener Musiktage (DUI), Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Windsor Festival, Winchester Festival (UK) and Buma Classical (NL), performing with Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Pascal Moragues, Julius Berger, Rohan De Silva, Michel Arrignon, Michel Béroff, Olga Sitkovetsky en Valentin Erben.
Although he has consciously avoided taking part in violin competitions, he was the recipient of first prizes at the Supernova (2013) and Forte Limburg (2015) chamber music competitions with the Kugoni Trio and was awarded the ‘Kolonel en Mevrouw Bisschop-Matthijssen’ prize by the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels for outstanding students.
In London, he was a laureate of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Club Award’ (2016), ‘Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award’ (2016), ‘Worshipful Company of Musicians’ and the ‘Concordia Foundation Artists’ Fund’ (2017).
Nicolas Dupont has made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio Suisse-Romande, the Dutch Radio 4 and has appeared on Belgian national television (Stingray Brava and Canvas).
His discography includes the CD ‘Mockingbird’ with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the widely acclaimed CD ‘Timelapse’, recorded with the Kugoni Trio.
In the fall of 2017, a CD dedicated to the music of Leoš Janáček will be released with Da Vinci Classics.
Furthermore, he is a member of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Young European Strings Camerata and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra on numerous occasions. With these chamber orchestras, Nicolas has performed in major European concert halls, and in the USA. As a concertmaster he has worked with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Krzystof Penderecki, Patrick Davin, Michel Tabachnik, Peter Csaba and Dirk Vermeulen.
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 received regular advice of 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, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Bruno Canino, Gavriel Lipkind, Ralph Kirshbaum, Walter Boeykens,…and with quartets such as Talich, Chilingirian, Prazak, Danel, Enesco, Fine Arts, Ebène, Alban Berg etc.
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, the Robus foundation, SWUK Vlaanderen, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Pirastro Strings, Delen Private Bank, the Jovaro Foundation, the Stephen Bell Trust , the Deena Shypitka Music Awards, the Helen Worswick Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Trust, the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust and Inspiratum (Axel Vervoordt foundation).
Nicolas is currently a visiting violin teacher at King’s College London, where he very much enjoys working with his students from the musicology department.
Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Petrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.
Nicolas Dupont (violin) & Giulio Potenza (piano)
L. Janacek: Zdenka’s Variations Piano sonata 1.x.1905 Violin Sonata Dumka In the mists
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.
|20. January, 3 PM||Lantschotkapel, Antwerpen (BE)||Benefietconcert Kugoni Trio - De Vleeschhouwer, Piazzolla, Shostakovcich, Flecijn, Koechlin, Arakelyan, Van Landeghem|
|20. January, 7.30 PM||Private Gallery concert, Brussels (BE)||String quartets - Schumann N°3 & Shostakovich N°3 with Rosanne Philippens, Marc Sabbah & Ofer Canetti|
|21. January||Private house concert, Antwerp (BE)||With Olga Kirpicheva - Brahms, Debussy, Westerlinck, Chopin|
|4. February, 3 PM||Cultural Center Het Gasthuis, Aarschot (BE)||'Classy Sundays' - Vivaldi, Dvorak, Mozart,...||Information & Tickets|
|5. February, 8 PM||Buckingham Palace, London (UK)||English Chamber Orchestra - Programme TBC|
|17 & 18 February||Brussels (BE)||Quartet concerts - Bax & Walton quartets|
|20. February||Antwerp (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|21. February, 12.30 PM||MIM, Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet - Prokofiev N°2 & Borodin N°2||Information & Tickets|
|21. February||Antwerp (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|22. February||Keerbergen (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|23. February||Ghent (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|24. February||Brussels (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|25. February||Southside House, London (UK)||Concert with Maté Szücs & Roma Tic - Ysaÿe, Kodaly & Dvorak||Information & Tickets|
|26. February||City Hall, Brussels (BE)||Prizegiving ceremony 'FugaTrofee' awarded to the Kugoni Trio for great services to Belgian Music|
|27. February||Lommel (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|28. February||Loenhout (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|1. March||Lemmensinstituut - Luca School of Arts, Leuven (BE)||Kugoni Trio @ Belgian Music Days - programme TBC||Information & Tickets|
|2. March, 8.30 PM||Cultural Center 't Poorthuis, Peer (BE)||Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas & l'Histoire du Soldat, Stravinsky - With Roeland Hendrikx & Severin von Ekardstein (Elena Peeters narrator)||Information & Tickets|
|3. March||Concert Noble, Brussels (BE)||Fukko Charity Concert with Yuzuko Horigome - Mozart, Bacewicz, Telemann, Tchaikovsky|
|6. March||Schilde (BE)||Musica & Poetica concert series with Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|10. March, 8 PM||Arte Amanti Festival, de Panne (BE)||Malibran Quartet - Borodin N°2 & Prokofiev N°2|
|11. March, 11 AM||Arte Amanti Festival, Dilbeek (BE)||Malibran Quartet - Borodin N°2 & Prokofiev N°2||Information & Tickets|
|18. March, 11 AM||Cultural Center, Merchtem (BE)||Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|12. April||Conservatory of Trapani, Sicily (IT)||Lecture recital with Giulio Potenza on Janacek|
|13. April||Amici della musica, Trapani, Sicily (IT)||Dvorak, Janacek, Ravel, de Falla, Sarasate, Boulanger with Giulio Potenza||Information & Tickets|
|15. April||deSingel, Antwerp (BE)||Verdi Happening - Malibran Quartet & Anna Samouil|
|21. April||Hoogstraten (BE)||Duo Andaluza|
|22. April, 11u||Menen (BE)||Duo Andaluza||Information & Tickets|
|24. April||Kanaal, Inspiratum, Wijnegem (BE)||HERMESensemble||Information & Tickets|
|25. April||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||HERMESensemble||Information & Tickets|
|26. April||Kortrijk (BE)||HERMESensemble||Information & Tickets|
|27. April||Merchtem (BE)||Private concert with Marie François - Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, de Sarasate, Boulanger|
|13. May||Kapellen (BE)||Kugoni Trio||Information & Tickets|
|18. May||Leuven (BE)||Odysseia Ensemble|
|22. May||Chipping Campden Music Festival||Fauré & Schubert sonatas - With pianist Aleksandra Myslek||Information & Tickets|
|25. May 1 PM||Theatre Royal, Brighton (UK)||Argenta Trio - Debussy, Vasks & Shostakovich trios|
|27. May, 3 PM||Cromer Music Evenings, Overstrand (UK)||Argenta Trio - Schubert, Debussy & Shostakovich trios||Information & Tickets|
|10. June||Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (BE)||Carnaval des animaux - with Kheops ensemble & Tatiana Samouil|
|7. July||Yamagata (JP)||Concert with Yuzuko Horigome - Programme TBC|
|11. July||Tokyo (JP)||Concert with Quatuor Lachrymae|
|12. July||Tokyo (JP)||Concert with Quatuor Lachrymae|
|14. July||Yamanashi (JP)||Concert with Quatuor Lachrymae|
|15. July||Yamanashi (JP)||Concert with Quatuor Lachrymae|
|17-22 July||Hanamaki (JP)||Concerts with Yuzuko Horigome - Programme TBC|
|1. August||Leuven (BE)||Malibran Quartet, programme TBC|
|2. August||Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet, programme TBC|
|2017||January||Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)||Mozart, Beethoven & Shostakovich With Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||January||Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)||Mozart, Beethoven & Shostakovich With Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||January||Royal Academy of Music, London (UK)||Shostakovich piano trio N°1 with Malgorzata Garstka & Margarita Balanas|
|2017||January||Atelier Marcel Hastir, Brussels (BE)||Janacek, Suk & Dvorak with Giulio Potenza|
|2017||January||Antwerp area (BE)||House concert, Kugoni Trio|
|2017||January||deSingel, Antwerp (BE)||Kugoni Trio, cd-presentation 'Fingerprints 2'|
|2017||January||Kerk Leut, CC Maasmechelen (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||February||Antwerp area (BE)||House concert with Olga Kirpicheva (Poulenc, Franck, Debussy & de Sarasate)|
|2017||February||Opus4, Antwerp (BE)||Concert with Olga Kirpicheva (Poulenc, Franck, Debussy & de Sarasate)|
|2017||February||C-mine, Genk (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||February||Stirling, Scotland (UK)||Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mc Ewen & Takemitsu With Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||March||Southside House, London (UK)||'Hellensmusic' - fundraiser With Maté Szücs, viola|
|2017||March||Royal Academy of Music, London (UK)||Harold Craxton Prize - Shostakovich piano trio N°1|
|2017||March||CC Wilrijk (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||March||Sint-Laurentiuskerk, Hove (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||March||Kasteel van Hingene, (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||March||DJ Hall, Royal Academy of Music (UK)||Britten violin concerto - With pianist Olga Sitkovetsky|
|2017||April||Academiezaal, Sint-Truiden (BE)||Young European String Camerata, 8 seasons (Vivaldi/Piazzolla) with William Hagen|
|2017||April||Atelier M. Hastir, Brussels (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||April||City Hall, Weesp (NL)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||April||St peter's Church, Notting Hill, London (UK)||Argenta Trio - Schubert trio N°2 in E flat major, Op. 100|
|2017||May||Loenhout, Antwerp (BE)||de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Leisner, Grieg, Paganini, Westerlinck, Ibert, Boutros and de Sarasate - Duo Andaluza|
|2017||May||Antwerp area (BE)||Jan Van Damme, Wim Henderickx, Wilfried Westerlinck, Marc Verhaegen - Kugoni Trio|
|2017||May||De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL)||Classical Next|
|2017||May||Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Paris (FR)||de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Leisner, Westerlinck, Ibert, Boutros and de Sarasate - Duo Andaluza|
|2017||May||Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Paris (FR)||Suite de Montsouris, Wilfried Westerlinck - Duo Andaluza|
|2017||May||Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Paris (FR)||Vasks, Franck, Ravel, Shostakovich, Westerlinck - with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2017||May||Zwart Huis, Knokke (BE)||Vasks, Franck, Ravel, Shostakovich - with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2017||May||Conway Hall, London (UK)||Argenta Trio - Debussy & Schubert trios|
|2017||June||Craxton Studios, London (UK)||Franck, Ravel, Shostakovich, Westerlinck - with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2017||June||Academia Belgica, Rome (IT)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||June||Sint-Niklaas (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Klassiek Centraal 'Golden Label' Ceremony|
|2017||July||Palacio de Festivales, Santander (SP)||Ravel, Poulenc & Rimsky-Korsakov, P. Csaba cond.|
|2017||July||Palacio de Festivales, Santander (SP)||Histoire du Soldat, Stravinsky (F. Panisello cond.)|
|2017||July||Palacio de Festivales, Santander (SP)||W. Rabl - Quartet for Piano, Violin, Clarinet, and Cello, Op.1 with M. Arrignon, Eszter Karasszon, Patricia Araúzo|
|2017||July||Laredo, Cantabria (SP)||Recital with Patricia Araúzo - Janacek, de Sarasate, Dvorak|
|2017||July||Palacio de Festivales, Santander (SP)||Strauss sextet from 'Capriccio' - with Stéphanie Huang, Riccardo Giovine, Lina-Marie Däunert, Dániel Krähling, Maxime Morise|
|2017||July||Palacio de Festivales, Santander (SP)||Suk serenade & Copland Quiet City, P. Csaba cond.|
|2017||August||Zomeravondconcerten aan zee, Retranchement (NL)||Boulanger, Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, Franck - with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2017||August||Cambridge International String Academy (UK)||with Rodney Friend, Rohan de Silva, e.a.|
|2017||August||Virga Jessefeesten, Hasselt (BE)||Young European String Camerata - Mozart, Britten, Dvorak|
|2017||August||Grotte de la Salamandre, Méjannes-le-Clap (FR)||Concert with Romuald Grimbert-Barre - Bartok, Dvorak, Wieniawski & Igudesman|
|2017||August||Maison Heinrich Heine, CIUP, Paris (FR)||Mendelssohn, Puccini and Hayashi quartets - with Misa Mamiya, Kei Tojo, Adrien Bellom|
|2017||September||Cervo (IT)||Mendelssohn, Puccini and Hayashi quartets - with Misa Mamiya, Kei Tojo, Adrien Bellom|
|2017||September||Wigmore Hall, London (UK)||Argenta Trio - Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich & Vasks|
|2017||September||Venice (IT)||CD-recording Janacek for Da Vinci Classics - With Giulio Potenza|
|2017||October||Marvejols (FR)||Recital with Olga Kirpicheva - Schubert A major 'grand duo' D. 574, Brahms sonata in G major N°1, Franck sonata|
|2017||October||Maison Heinrich Heine, CIUP, Paris (FR)||Recital with Olga Kirpicheva - Beethoven sonata in c minor N°7, Brahms sonate in G major N°1, Franck sonata|
|2017||October||Conservatoire of Hasselt (BE)||Recital for JAT with Marie François - Beethoven sonata in c minor N°7, Debussy sonata and Dvorak, Boulanger, de Sarasate|
|2017||October||St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (UK)||Jan Van Damme, Piazzolla, Lycke, Arakelyan & Eychenne - with Kugoni Trio|
|2017||October||Het Kanaal, Wijnegem (BE)||Mozart, Puccini, Hayashi & Mendelssohn quartets with Misa Mamiya, Kei Tojo & Adrien Bellom|
|2017||October||Sound Festival, Aberdeen (UK)||Nicholson and Palmer string quartets - with Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||November||Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, CIUP, Paris (FR)||Concert with Olga Kirpicheva & Stijn Konings|
|2017||November||Cultural Center, Herentals (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Timelapse|
|2017||November||Reid (UK)||Sibelius suite in A major & Haydn Op. 76 N°4- with Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||November||Glasgow (UK)||Haydn Op. 20 N°5, Janacek N°2, Tchaikovsky N° 2 , Tom Harrold premiere - with Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||November||Birnam (UK)||Haydn Op. 20 N°5, Janacek N°2, Tchaikovsky N° 2 - with Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||November||Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (UK)||Haydn Op. 20 N°5, Janacek N°2, Tchaikovsky N° 2 & Tom Harrold - with Edinburgh Quartet|
|2017||November||Barbican, London (UK)||Beethoven Coriolanus, 7th symphony & violin concerto - with English Chamber Orchestra & Julian Rachlin|
|2017||November||Kunststudio LivingArt, Ghent area (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Carte Blanche|
|2017||November||Concert tour - Maribor (SLO)||Beethoven Coriolanus, 7th symphony & violin concerto - with English Chamber Orchestra & Julian Rachlin|
|2017||November||Concert tour - Brucknerhaus, Linz (AT)||Beethoven Coriolanus, 7th symphony & violin concerto - with English Chamber Orchestra & Julian Rachlin|
|2017||November||Concert tour - Liszt Academy Concert Centre, Budapest (HUN)|
|2017||November||Concert tour - Musikverein Vienna (AT)|
|2017||December||Cultural Center, Leuven (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||December||Atelier Marcel Hastir (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||December||Musée des instruments de musique (MIM), Brussels (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|2017||December||Arles (FR)||Mahler pianoquartet, Rachmaninoff trio Elégiaque N°1, Schubert Notturn D. 897 & Fauré pianoquartet N°1 - Trio Medici & Sylvie Gazeau|
|2017||December||Antwerp area (BE)||House concert - Debussy, Kodaly, Schumann & Franck - with Olga Kirpicheva, Eunjoo Lee, Vladimir Percevic, Clément Peigné|
|2017||December||De concertstudio, Kortrijk (BE)||Debussy, Kodaly, Schumann & Franck - with Olga Kirpicheva, Eunjoo Lee, Vladimir Percevic, Clément Peigné|
|2017||December||Atelier Marcel Hastir, Brussels (BE)||Concert with Malibran Quartet - Tatiana Samouil, Tony Nys & Guy Danel - Haydn Op. 33/1 and Beethoven Op. 59/1 quartets|
|2017||December||Hemiksem (BE)||Recital with Olga Kirpicheva - Beethoven, Debussy, Candael, Westerlinck, Chopin|
|2018||January||Berlin (DE)||Haydn, Mendelssohn, Hayashi & Puccini - Quatuor Lachrymae - with Misa Mamiya, Kei Tojo, Adrien Bellom|