Nicolas Dupont

violinist

Biography

“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 SuisseRomande, 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.

Repertoire list

Audio & Video

C. Debussy

Violin sonata

Shostakovich

Piano Trio n°1

P. de Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen

M. Ravel

Tzigane

F. Poulenc

Violin sonata

M. Ravel

Sonate Posthume

J. Jongen

Piano Quartet

Tchaikovsky

Nocturne (Concertmaster solos)

K. Arakelyan

Two pieces

W. A. Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante

P. Vasks

Little summer music

A. Piazzolla

Invierno Porteno

W. Westerlinck

Kerstburlesken

B. Bartok

Bucsumí tánc (Concertmaster solos)

Discography

Duo Andaluza – Ambos Mundos

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.

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Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble – Le Bestiaire

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Piet J. Swert’s le Bestiaire & his transcription of Saint-Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux


BE Kugoni – Kugoni Trio

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Newly composed and commissioned works by Wim Henderickx, Piet Swerts, Pieter Schuermans, Mathias Coppens & Jeroen D’hoe.

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Emil Hartmann Chamber Music

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works for piano and strings by Emil Hartmann feat. Daniel Blumenthal (piano), Elisabeth Zeuthen-Schneider & Nicolas Dupont (violins), Tony Nys (viola), Justus Grimm (violoncello)


Fingerprints #3

Works by Wim Henderickx, Johan Sluys, Paul Steegman, Koen Dejonghe, Marleen Dupont, Bart Verstraeten, Benjamien Lyce, Jasper Vanpaemel, Eddy Flecijn, Ward de Vleeschhouwer


L. Janacek – Violin and piano works

Nicolas Dupont (violin) & Giulio Potenza (piano) record a selection of music by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček.

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Timelapse – Kugoni Trio

The first full CD by the Kugoni Trio; Astor Piazzolla meets Belgian composers Jan Van Damme, Benjamien Lycke, Jan Van Landeghem & Erik Desimpelaere.


Fingerprints #2

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.


Yes Camerata- Suk, Bacewicz & Rota

Josef Suk – Serenade for strings in Es Op. 6

Gražyna Bacewicz – Divertimento for strings

Nino Rota – Concerto for strings

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Mockingbird – Wilfried Westerlinck

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.

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Projects

Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble

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.

 

www.roelandhendrikx.com/rh-ensemble 


PRELUDE

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


Kugoni Trio

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.

www.kugonitrio.be 


Malibran Quartet

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. 

www.malibranquartet.com 


Urban Piano Quartet

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.

J. Jongen – Piano Quartet Op. 23


Duo Andaluza

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.

www.duoandaluza.com


Duo Kirpicheva-Dupont

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).


Argenta Trio

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.


Agenda

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2020

2021

 

Past – Highlights

Nicolas Dupont

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