Urban Piano Quartet – Brahms/Vasks
Piano Quartets by Johannes Brahms & Peteris Vasks
“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 90 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 Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, the Malibran Quartet, the Urban Piano Quartet, the Argenta Trio and the Duo Andaluza, amongst others, 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 ensemble 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 has launched the composition competition “PRE LUDE” and 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 over 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. 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. He currently also leads the Young European Strings Camerata, the Ataneres Ensemble and Symphonia Assai.
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, 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.
Piano Quartets by Johannes Brahms & Peteris Vasks
Music for violin and guitar by Manuel de Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, August De Boeck, Wilfried Westerlinck, Laurent Boutros and Pablo de Sarasate.
Piet J. Swert’s le Bestiaire & his transcription of Saint-Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux
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
Violinist Nicolas Dupont launches PRELUDE
The aim of this competition is to find three short works for violin and piano
to complete the programme for a new CD with pianist Olga Kirpicheva.
PRELUDE is looking for newly composed works for violin and piano
with a duration of maximum three minutes,
that can serve as prelude to one of the following sonatas:
Claude Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
César Franck – Sonata for violin and piano in A major
Francis Poulenc – Sonata for violin and piano
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.
As the first violinist of the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble since October 2020, Nicolas explores the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings together with his colleagues Roeland Hendrikx, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Camille Joubert, Sander Geerts and Sevak Avanesyan.
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).
Brussels-based flexible chamber music ensemble varying from trio to octet.
Pocket orchestra – Flexible chamber music ensemble conducted by Simone Menezes.
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.
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.
|8. May||Tielt (BE)||leading Ataneres Ensemble|
|*CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19* 8.-17. May||Herefordshire (UK)||Hellensmusic Festival - with Maya Iwabuchi, Máté Szücs, Luke Turrel, Guy Johnston, Matthew Hunt|
|9.-15. May||TBC||leading Ensemble K|
|21. May||Klassiek in de Kapel, Tienen (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Concerti XS|
|23. May||Averbode (BE)||Klassiek in de Abdij - STREAMED Recital with Olga Kirpicheva|
|28. May||Stadhuis Leuven (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, Mozart clarinet quintet - STREAMING|
|28.-29. May||Leuven (BE)||Cd recording Pieter Schuermans music - Kugoni Trio & Ataneres Ensemble|
|30. May||Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet & Kris Belligh - recording songs|
|30. May||Aalter (BE)||Livestream concert - Kugoni Trio|
|*CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19* 5. June||Mont-sur-Marchienne (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet - Vasks, Turina, Schumann|
|6. June||Aarschot (BE)||duo recital with Clara Evens|
|12. June||Arte Amanti Festival (BE)||Malibran Quartet & Justus Grimm|
|*CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19* 13. June||Limburg (BE)||"Ferdinand" - Solo programme with narrator Michel Kempeners|
|19. June||vijvers van Averbode (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|19. June||vijvers van Averbode (BE)||Duo Andaluza|
|*CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19* 19.-25. June||Orkney Islands, Scotland (UK)||St Magnus Intl. Festival|
|21. June||Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, Paris (FR)||Concert with Jill Jeschek & Yunus Tuncalí|
|24. June||La Roque-sur-Cèze||Concert with Laura Capano & Yunus Tuncalí|
|4. July, 11 AM||Damme (BE)||Carousel Ensemble - Impressions|
|4. July, 8 PM||Tielt (BE)||Carousel Ensemble - Impressions|
|11. July||Versailles (FR)||Chamber music evening with Tatiana Samouil, Gérard Caussé, Justus Grimm|
|17.-18. July||Wonderfeel (NL)||Carousel Ensemble & Charlotte Wajnberg|
|29. July||TBC||Urban Piano Quartet - Midi Minimes & Zomer van Sint-Pieter|
|30. July||TBC||Urban Piano Quartet - Midi Minimes & Zomer van Sint-Pieter|
|31. July||Banyuls-sur-mer (FR)||Recital with Olga Kirpicheva|
|8. August||Gent (BE)||MA Festival - Kugoni Trio|
|20. August||Friesland (NL)||Oranjewoud Festival - Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble|
|31. August||CC Hasselt (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Brahms & Mozart clarinet quintets|
|11. September||Bagno Konzertgalerie, Steinfurt (DE)||Carousel Ensemble - Beethoven & Schubert|
|18. September||Tourinnes-la-Grosse (BE)||Festival Max van der Linden|
|24.-26. September||Meise (BE)||Kâsteaux Festival|
|2. October||Edegem (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Mozart & Swerts|
|3. October||Koksijde (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet - Vasks/Brahms|
|4. October||Leuven (BE)||Festival 20/21 - Widmann/Schubert with Carousel Ensemble|
|8. October||Blankenberge (BE)||Carousel Ensemble|
|21. October||Leuven (BE)||Kugoni Trio & Ataneres Ensemble|
|31. October||Herentals (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|14. November||CC de Ster, Willebroek (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|17. November||Belgian Embassy, Warschau (PL)||leading Ataneres Ensemble|
|19. November||Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|20. November||Jabbeke (BE)||leading Ataneres Ensemble|
|21. November||Lissewege (BE)||leading Ataneres Ensemble|
|26. November||Herentals (BE)||Histoire du Soldat - with Lucas Blondeel & Roeland Hendrikx|
|27. November||Maasmechelen (BE)||Kugoni Trio - Classics Revisited CD release|
|5. December||CC de Kern, Wilrijk (BE)||Kugoni Trio|
|12. December||Atelier Marcel Hastir, Brussels (BE)||Malibran Quartet - Beethoven cycle|
Past – Highlights
|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||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||Festival van Vlaanderen, 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|
|2020||June||le Jardin Musical, Brussels (BE)||Streaming concert: Schubert string quintet with Hrachya & Sevak Avanesyan, Lidy Blijdorp & Marc Sabbah|
|2020||June||salle Henri Leboeuf, BOZAR, Brussels (BE)||Vocatio laureates streaming concerts - Duo Andaluza - Music by Laurent Boutros|
|2020||July||Rosario, Bever (BE)||CD-recording Duo Andaluza - music by Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Piazzolla, Westerlinck, De Boeck, de Sarasate, Boutros|
|2020||July||deSingel, Antwerp (BE)||Hermes Ensemble - CD recording - music by J-L. Fafchamps|
|2020||July||Tourcoing (FR)||CD recording Ensemble K - music by Copland, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Borodin & Lacaze|
|2020||August||Dominicanenkerk, Knokke (BE)||Streaming concert - Klassiek Leeft - Beethoven pianoconcerti with Jan Michiels, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Camille Joubert, Sander Geerts, Sevak Avanesyan & David Desimpelaere|
|2020||August||Sint-Martens-Latem (BE)||Streaming concert with Jef Neve|
|2020||August||Sint-Geertruikerk, Leuven (BE)||Carousel Ensemble - Schubert Octet D. 803|
|2020||August||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - le Bestiaire|
|2020||September||Muze, Heusden-Zolder (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - le Bestiaire|
|2020||September||Concertgebouw Brugge (BE)||Kugoni Trio & Emma Posman - recording Flandria (B. Lycke)|
|2020||September||Citizens' Garden, Wiertz Museum, Brussels (BE)||European Parliament lunch concerts - Duo Andaluza|
|2020||September||Lozère (FR)||Trio concert with Jill Jeschek & Yunus Tuncali music by Rota, Bonis, Poulenc, Shostakovich & Ibert|
|2020||October||Leut, Maasmechelen (BE)||Carousel Ensemble - Weber & Schubert|
|2020||October||30 CC, Leuven (BE)||Leading Ataneres Ensemble: "Full House" with Four Aces Guitar Quartet|
|2020||October||Concertgebouw Brugge||Carousel Ensemble - Debussy, Ravel & W. Henderickx|
|2020||October||Festival du Hainaut (BE)||Urban Piano Quartet|
|2020||October||Mol (BE)||Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble - Mozart & Hermann|
|2020||October||AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)||Kugoni Trio & Ataneres Ensemble - music by P. Schuermans recording|
|2020||October||CC de Kruisboog, Tienen (BE)||CD presentation "Ambos Mundos" by Duo Andaluza- Klassiek in de Kapel|
|2021||January||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||recording with HERMES ensemble - music by Luc Brewaeys|
|2021||January||laMonnaie, Brussels (BE)||CD recording ‘double dotted’ by Pieter Schuermans with Sebastien Walnier|
|2021||February||Maasmechelen (BE)||cd Recording & live-streamings Kugoni Trio "Classics Revisited"|
|2021||February||Fondation Cartier, Paris (FR)||leading Ensemble K - dir. Simone Menezes|
|2021||February||Zaventem (BE)||Leading Ataneres Ensemble - CD-recording Shostakovich/Craens/Desimpelaere|
|2021||February||Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (BE)||Livestream - "PRE LUDE" finals with Olga Kirpicheva|
|2021||February||deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)||HERMES Ensemble - video recording "The Times"|
|2021||February||Jardin Musical, Brussels (BE)||Kugoni trio - "Classics Revisited" - STREAMING CONCERT|
|2021||March||la Seine Musicale, Paris (FR)||leading Ensemble K - dir. Simone Menezes|
|2021||March||Het Kanaal, Wijnegem (BE)||Duo Andaluza - Streaming concert "AMBOS MUNDOS"|
|2021||March||DIGITAL CONCERT SERIES||J. Brahms - Clarinet Quintet - Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble|
|2021||March||AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)||Kugoni Trio & Ataneres Ensemble - ROOMSERVICE Festival streaming|
|2021||March||Kasteel d'Ursel, Hingene (BE)||*LIVESTREAM* - Urban Piano Quartet Brahms & Vasks|
|2021||March||DIGITAL CONCERT SERIES||Ravel, Khatchaturian, Bruch & Bartók - Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble|
|2021||April||AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)||*STREAMING* Trio concert with Sander Geerts and Yasuko Takahashi|
|2021||April||Aalter (BE)||CD recording Franck-Poulenc-Debussy with Olga Kirpicheva (Et'Cetera Records)|
|2021||April||Flagey, Brussels (BE)||Carousel Ensemble - Schubert Octet|
|2021||April||Mechelen (BE)||LUNALIA FESTIVAL - Carousel Ensemble & Charlotte Wajnberg|
|2021||May||Quatre Mains, Mechelen (BE)||Brahms g minor piano quartet with Wouter Valvekens, Mathis Rochat and Amy Norrington|