Jolente de Maeyer
The Brussels-born De Maeyer began violin lessons at age 4 and two years later was the youngest laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition. She moved to London at age 14 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and her accomplishments include winning the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels and a busy schedule performing with orchestras across Europe. She has been a finalist for several in the Queen Elizabeth Competition. This year she was named outstanding young artist by Belgian National Radio for her recording of the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata with Nikolaas Kende.
Since his successful participation at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2007), concerts have taken Nikolaas Kende to important festivals and halls. Amongst others to the Netherlands, France (festival Montpellier, festival Menton, festival Vexin), Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the Dutch Antilles. His American debut (California and Texas) in 2009 got favorable press reviews, and he followed it up with another American tour in 2013 which included a well-received concert in Blanco with Jolente de Maeyer. In 2015 he made his debut in Africa (South-Africa and Mozambique).
As a soloist he has played concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Ravel, Rakhmaninov and Bartók, with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.
Nikolaas Kende is also an avid chamber musician. Since 2003 he has formed a duo with the violinist Jolente De Maeyer and he was a co-founder of the Rubens Ensemble in 2007. He was the pianist of the Narziss und Goldmund Trio in their recording of Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat.
He has made numerous recordings for radio (the Belgian classical channel Klara, RTBF, AVRO, Radio Romania, France Musique, WDR) and television. He is professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.