|Duo Saeijs & Gvetadze, the Netherlands/Georgia, 2010|
Tour Dates: 15 July - 26 July, 2010
Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze and Dutch violinist Frederieke Saeijs (Netherland), both award-winning musicians first started to play together as a duo in 2007. The duo performed in various concert halls and festivals throughout The Netherlands and France, at e.g. the Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival and the Juventus Festival. Both musicians have strong ties with the Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague (Netherlands) as Artists in Residence. In 2009, the duo recorded the complete sonatas for violin and piano by C. M. von Weber for the Naxos label. Future tours include performances in China, France and The Netherlands.
Frederieke Saeijs started to play the violin at the age seven. After finishing the Gymnasium in 1998, she entered the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she received both the Bachelor (2002) and Master (2004) degrees Cum Laude. From 2004 onwards Frederieke continued her violin study with professor Mauricio Fuks at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. There she received both the Performer Diploma (2007) and the Artist Diploma (2008). She was also awarded with the Performance Certificate (2008), a special distinction by the Indiana University.
Frederieke has won several prizes at both international and national violin competitions, Prinses Christina Concours (1995, 1998), National Violin Competition Oskar Back ( 2001), Vriendenkrans Concours (2001), Elisabeth Everts Prize (2002), Georges Enescu International Violin Competition (Bucharest, Romania 2003) and the Amsterdam Grachten Festival Conservatorium Competition (2004). In 2005 Frederieke has won the First Grand Prix 'Academie des Beaux Arts' at the International Violin Competition Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, in Paris, France, as well as 4 special prizes: 'Prix de SAS le Prince Albert II de Monaco' for the best interpretation of the contemporary work (by M.-O. Dupin), 'Prix Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer' for the best interpretation of the violin concerto (by A. Berg), Prize of the members of the Orchestre National de France and Prize of the students of the Conservatories of Paris. As a result Frederieke was invited to perform in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and the USA. Also Frederieke was asked to perform for Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague.
As a soloist Frederieke has performed with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She collaborated with conductors Matthias Bamert, Jonathan Darlington, Antony Hermus, Neeme Jarvi, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Friedemann Layer, Ion Marin, Christoph Poppen, Noam Sheriff, Vassily Sinaiski, Etienne Siebens, Ed Spanjaard and Jaap van Zweden.
From 2006-2009, Frederieke was Artist in Residence in the Dr. Anton Philipszaal and Nieuwe Kerk in her home town The Hague in The Netherlands. In summer 2009, she was awarded 'Young Artist in Residence' at the Gelderland Music Summer.
Frederieke is playing on a violin by Petrus Guarneri (1725, Venice), 'Ex- Reine Elisabeth', kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
In September 2009, Frederieke has just started to teach at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands.
“The young Dutch soloist Frederieke Saeijs, who shook the dust off the work with a clear, well-balanced sound in all positions, and a fresh, youthful touch of the bow. In the slow movement Frederieke Saeijs enchanted with her art of playing dolce, after which she exploded with virtuosity in the final movement. Frederieke Saeijs proved the depth of her musicianship in the encore, the modestly vibrated and intimately sung Andante from the 2nd solo sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach.”
“Frederieke Saeijs captivated the auditorium. In her hands the instrument screams, cries, coos, speaks, suffers, laughs, clamors and touches. It also sings. Her sound is clear and limpid.”
At the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition held in April 2008 in Utrecht, Nino Gvetadze succeeded in winning both Second Prize, the Press Prize and the Audience Award. As part of her prizes, Nino has begun to embark on an extensive concert tour. For 2008, she was invited to appear at the Franz Liszt Festival in Quito (Ecuador), the Bayreuth Piano Festival in the Steingraeber Rokokosaal and the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile. During the 2008-2009 concert season, Nino made her debut with the Flemish Radio Orchestra under the baton of Michel Tabachnik in Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2 as part of the 2009 Brahms Festival.
Nino Gvetadze studied piano at the Z.Paliashvili Music School in Tbilisi and the State Conservatory in the same city, under Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. Nino then moved to the Netherlands, where she became a student of Paul Komen at the Royal Conservatory The Hague. June 2007 she passed her exam with a 10+.
From an early age Nino has participated in various concerts; she has played with orchestras since she was six years old. She has played with such conductors as Michel Plasson, Otto Tausk, Eidvind Aadland, Jansug Kakhidze and Martin Andre, and performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Residence Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra and Holland Symfonia.
During her studies in Georgia, she won a grant from the Foundation for the Assistance of Young Musicians of Georgia, founded by Elisabeth Leonskaya. Later she received the Georgian president's scholarship and won a Diploma and two special prizes at the Second Tbilisi International Piano Competition. She performed various concerts with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and played various recitals.
In 2002, Nino was invited to participate in the "Rising Stars" Festival in Austria. Less than a year after coming to the Netherlands, Nino won the National Young Pianist Foundation Competition in The Hague. She received First Prize, Grand Prize and the Special Prize for modern work. After the competition she toured the Netherlands, performing concerts in the most important concert halls in Holland.
In April 2007, Nino performed Ravel's Ma Mère l'oye together with the well known French pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. After this concert she was invited by him to participate in the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
At present, she performs in the important concert halls of the Netherlands, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vredenburg Utrecht, De Doelen Rotterdam and the Anton Philipszaal The Hague. Nino's repertoire covers chamber music as well. She participates in various music festivals in Netherlands, Georgia, Germany and France.
She is currently studying her MA at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Jan Wijn. She has taken master classes with Jean-Yves Thibaudet Mikhail Voskressensky, Jan Wijn, Boris Berman, Domenique Merlet and Jacques Rouvier.
Her recordings are frequently broadcasted by different channels of Dutch TV and Radio.
“Nino Gvetadze, whose playing was characterised by exceptional sensitivity and equilibrium, and who showed herself to be a born pianist, gifted with ability to speak to the heart, even during the most hazardous of passages.”
“Nino Gvetadze’s technique is sublime, but never takes the leading roul. This is a pianist with a fantastic tone culture and deep inner poetry, as well as the ability to differentiate between primary and subordinate elements.”
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Mr. Ma Ran