Concert photos taken by
Concert photos by German Delgado (forthcoming)
50 seats only!
15 euros to be paid in advance or at door, includes refreshments during intermission.
Student discount to 7 euros.
Catering by "Piece of Cake" of Wassenaar.
Autographed CD's of Duo46 available at the concert.
FLYER (1 page PDF) - feel free to distribute.
Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers and writer/pianist Anne Ku restored this turn-of-the century monument house to share intimate chamber music concerts with the public. Located next to a peaceful canal in the multi-cultural neighbourhood of Lombok, this 8 by 8 metre house features 3.15 metre high ceiings, oak parquet floor, and a 1909 New York Steinway model A (188 cm).
House concerts and other related links:
No Place like Home, Daily Post, 10 July 2006
Move the furniture, the band is here, article in the New York Times, 21 May 2006
House concerts sweeping the US, article in the New York Times, 2003
What is a house concert? as defined by the Canadians
House concert circuit in the UK - The Acoustic Routes Guide to House Concerts
Organising concerts, soirees, and parties - 2 page pdf
If Music is the Food of Love, play on - 2 page pdf
Accommodation for visiting artists and scholars in Utrecht
SIMBAS - International Directory of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts
Sunday 2 July 2006
Dr Matt Gould, guitar
Beth Ilana Schneider, violin
Music of the Americas
Piazzolla, Beaser, Segall, and
Where does the name Duo46 come from?
"Fiery performances" Gramophone
"Virtuosic and flamboyant" The Strad
"Compelling and musical" Soundboard Magazine
"Great energy and rhythmic control" American Record Guide
When I met guitarist Matt Gould in the fall of 1994, we were both teaching assistants at the University of Arizona in Tucson. One afternoon, after playing through some 19th-century repertoire and discussing the experience over coffee and sushi, we established Duo46. We chose that name because the combined number of strings on a violin and a guitar is 46.
After playing together for awhile, we ran out of repertoire. We asked a couple of graduate composition students to write a piece for us. When they agreed, our “commissioning project” was born.
To date, we have commissioned over 30 works, with many more dedicated to us. Simultaneous to our commissioning project, we began researching and documenting 20th-century violin and guitar works. How shocked we were to learn we were so wrong about running out of music to play! As of this writing, we have discovered over 400 original works and have begun recording them with our debut CD FM1: Homage to the 50's on Guitar Plus Records, featuring music from the 1950s.
In 1998, we participated in “Music 98,” a festival at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music that motivated us to continue our exploration and commissioning. We collaborated with a few composers from the festival, and approached many other American composers to write for us. The result of our efforts was a new disc on Summit Records, Untaming the Fury, that features ten of those American works.
In the following year, we saw an ad in Chamber Music magazine announcing fellowships to participate in the 1999 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan, applied, and were chosen as one of the invited ensembles. This was another valuable developmental experience and an opportunity for us to be coached by three great chamber musicians: Phil Setzer from the Emerson Quartet, Paul Katz from the Cleveland Quartet, and Henry Meyer from the Lasalle Quartet. We performed at several venues in the Detroit area to appreciative audiences, and were lucky enough to receive a great review from the Detroit Free Press.
During 2000, two life milestones occurred. First, we applied for faculty positions at Eastern Mediterranean University and we got the jobs! Second, before relocating to Famagusta, Cyprus in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (the setting for Shakespeare’s Play, Othello), we were married in my hometown of Cincinnati, and honeymooned in Amsterdam enroute to Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite.
Living in Turkey with access to wonderful musicians and connections has provided Duo46 the opportunity to tour Europe and to establish Duo46 and Friends, a new project to further enrich chamber music that includes guitar. There are other benefits. The Mediterranean sea is bluer than you can imagine, the people are friendly, the 9,000 years of history is unbelievable, the local food is great, and the 14,000 diverse students and international faculty at the university are intriguing.
Shortly after arriving, we met former London Symphony Orchestra violist Peter Sulski, a Fulbright Fellow, on the Greek-side of the island. His position enabled him to act as a musical-liaison between the two sides of the divided island. Our collaboration with Peter is known as The Noné Trio (violin, guitar and viola) and premiered in 2001. We have since commissioned ten pieces, and recorded a more traditional CD with a few new works.