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 and the Duo Andaluza, amongst others, he has already performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
His ensembles are ambassadors for contemporary music and have commissioned over forty pieces in close collaboration with composers.
In Belgium, Nicolas Dupont has been a guest in major concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), AMUZ, deSingel (Antwerp) and the Concertgebouw of Bruges. In the United Kingdom, as a guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and as a founding member of the London based Argenta Trio, amongst others, Nicolas has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Arts Club, King’s Place, Duke’s Hall, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Colston Hall (Bristol), Colyer Fergusson Hall (Canterbury) and The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).
Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi, Festival van Vlaanderen, Klarafestival (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival (USA), Eckelshausener Musiktage (DUI), Norfolk & Norwich, Chipping Campden, Brighton, Windsor and Winchester Festivals (UK) and Buma Classical (NL), performing with Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Pascal Moragues, Rohan De Silva, Michel Arrignon, Michel Béroff, Lucas Blondeel, Marie Hallynck, Gaby Van Riet and Valentin Erben.
Although he has consciously avoided taking part in violin competitions, he was the recipient of first prizes at the Supernova (2013) and Forte Limburg (2015) chamber music competitions with the Kugoni Trio and was awarded the ‘Kolonel en Mevrouw Bisschop-Matthijssen’ prize by the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels for outstanding students. In London, he was a laureate of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Club Award’ (2016), ‘Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award’ (2016), ‘Worshipful Company of Musicians’ and the ‘Concordia Foundation Artists’ Fund’ (2017). In February 2018, the Union of Belgian Composers awarded the Kugoni the Fuga Trophy for the promotion of Belgian music.
Nicolas Dupont has made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio Suisse-Romande, the Dutch Radio 4, the Italian RAI3 and Radio Vaticana, the British BBC3 has appeared on Belgian national television (Stingray Brava and Canvas).
His discography includes the CD ‘Mockingbird’ with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the widely acclaimed CD ‘Timelapse’, recorded with the Kugoni Trio. In January 2018, a CD dedicated to the music of Leoš Janáček was released with Da Vinci Classics.
During the 2018-2019 season, Nicolas Dupont will record a new CD with the Kugoni Trio, a first CD with the Duo Andaluza with Da Vinci Classics as well as a CD dedicated to the music of Emil Hartmann together with Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider, Tony Nys, Justus Grimm and Daniel Blumenthal.
After playing for several years in the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Nicolas currently plays with the Young European Strings Camerata 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 with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Krzystof Penderecki, Patrick Davin, Michel Tabachnik, Peter Csaba and Dirk Vermeulen.
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 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, the Robus foundation, SWUK Vlaanderen, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Pirastro Strings, Delen Private Bank, the Jovaro Foundation, the Stephen Bell Trust , the Deena Shypitka Music Awards, the Helen Worswick Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Trust, the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust and Inspiratum (Axel Vervoordt foundation).
Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Petrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.
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', with the same teacher.
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.