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.
Their repertoire contains all periods and styles, reaching from Vivaldi to Piazzolla, exploring Baroque, Classical, Romantic or contemporary music, alongside traditional Spanish, Eastern-European or South-American popular music.
They have been playing concerts in France, Italy and Belgium and have made recordings for the Belgian classical radios 'Musiq3' and 'Klara'.
In march 2014 they were invited at the UNESCO-headquarters in Paris as well as the Belgian Embassy.
In september 2015 the Duo Andaluza recorded the 'Suite de Montsouris' by Wilfried Westerlinck, which was written for them.
In September 2019 they will record their first CD for 'Da Vinci Classics'.
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 Duo Andaluza, the Urban Piano Quartet and the Argenta Trio, Nicolas has commissioned over fifty pieces by Belgian composers, recorded eight CD’s and made recordings for Belgian, British, Italian, Swiss and Dutch radio and television.
He has performed in major European venues such as the Palais des beaux-arts and Flagey (Brussels), Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the Fields (London),… performing alongside Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Daniel Blumenthal, Pascal Moragues, Rohan De Silva, Frans Helmerson, Michel Béroff and Valentin Erben.
“If I would have to vouch for a few young artists that deserve to
be heard Nicolas is absolutely one of them.” (Itamar Golan)
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’s teachers have included Dejan Mijajev, Yuzuko Horigome (Royal Conservatory of Brussels), Itamar Golan (chamber music, CNSM of Paris) and Rodney Friend (Royal Academy of Music, London).
“ Nicolas Dupont plays with an unprecedented flexibility and musicality.” (Radio Klara)
Passionate about teaching, Nicolas holds –after teaching the violin for two years at King’s College London- the position of guest professor and assistant to Mrs Yuzuko Horigome at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
Stijn Konings (°1993) started playing the guitar at the age of eleven with Wim Brioen - a former student of Alexandre Lagoya.
Noticing his talent, Mr Brioen sends him often to Olivier Chassain in France for Masterclasses, and to other teachers such as Fernando Espi, Elliot Fisk, Jim Smith,...
In 2011 Stijn is accepted at the 'Conservatoire Jacques Thibaud' in Bordeaux (FR) in the class of Olivier Chassain, and the next year he passes the entrance exam for the 'Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris', where he graduates a few years later with the highest honours.
Together with Belgian violinist Nicolas Dupont, Stijn is exploring the guitar-violin repertoire, with the 'Duo Andaluza'. They are being coached by the french cellist Agnès Vesterman at the CNSM of Paris, were often invited to play in France and in Belgium and recorded for the Belgian classical radio station 'Musiq3'.
Together with French guitarist Romaric Martin, Stijn explores the guitar duo repertoire, under the name of 'Duo Tarentelle'. They have been playing in Belgium and France, amongst other during the 'un Hommage au duo Ida Presti-Alexandre Lagoya' Festival.