The Central Texas College (CTC) Fine Arts department will present a guest artist performance featuring the duo of Jolente De Maeyer, violinist, and pianist Nikolaas Kende.

The pair is currently on tour in the United States and will appear at CTC on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156).

Born in Brussels, Belgium, Maeyer received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 years old, Maeyer was invited to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London, England. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she graduated in 2013.

At the age of six, Maeyer began participating in several national and international competitions and became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto competition. She also received first prize in the Charles de Bériot competition Brussels. Maeyer then performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, het Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra.

Mayer recorded the Sixth Violin Concerto of Henri Vieuxtemps in 2010 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and received the René Snepvangersprijs from the Belgian Music Press in 2011. In 2013, she recorded de Second Violin Concerto of Saint Sa‘ns and earned a Gold Label nomination by Klassiek Centraal and the “Editor’s Choice” from Diapason Magazine. Last year, Maeyer recorded the CD “Kreutzersonata” with Kende for Warner Classics which won the Gold Label prize and received rave reviews. Maeyer was also awarded the prize ‘most promising young artist of the year’ by the Belgian radio. In 2013, Maeyer made her American debut with the Waco Symphony Orchestra where she performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium to a family of musicians, Kende, started studying piano with his parents, Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende, at age five. Between 1999 and 2005 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the Royal Antwerp Conservatory where he also studied organ. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. At a young age he started wining many competitions including the Cantabile competition in Antwerp, the international EPTA competition for piano-duos, the Axion-classics competition in Brussels, the Stefaan-de-Jonghe competition in Aalst (the Netherlands) and the Tenuto competition in Brussels. In 2002, Kende became laureate of the “Belgian foundation for young soloists” and two years later he won the second prize at the YPF competition in The Hague (the Netherlands). In 2005, he won the Pianisten Parade Competition in the Netherlands and the following year he became laureate of the Rotary Competition in Gent and became winner of the 57th “vriendenkrans-competition” of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Kende performed concerts in famous halls and festivals in Belgium, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy, Austria and Spain. He made his critically-acclaimed debut in America in 2009 when he performed as a soloist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and then gave recitals in California. As a soloist, Kende played concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikowsky, Poulenc, Ravel, Bartok and Rachmaninov with orchestras including the Symphonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Flemish Radio Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders.

An avid chamber musician, Kende, formed a duo with Maeyer in 2003 and was a co-founder of the Rubens Ensemble in 2007. He was the pianist with the Narziss und Goldmund Trio on their recording of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat (D. 929) on Phaedra Classics and has made numerous solo recordings for Belgian radio and television. In 2015, Kende was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Tickets for the CTC guest artist performance featuring Maeyer and Kende are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the CTC Concert Series Music Scholarship fund.

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