Stéphanie Salmin

Pianist Stéphanie Salmin gives concerts in Europe and Asia (Belgium, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland).
Several of her recitals are recorded and broadcasted by Belgian radio stations.

First prize-winner of numerous competitions (Grand Concours International de Piano (Paris), Competition Young Talent (Manage), Competition André Dumortier (Leuze), Competition Belfius Classics (Brussels), Competition Excellentia (Brussels)), Stéphanie Salmin has performed with major orchestras such as the English “Academy of St Martin in The Fields”, the Berne Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Musicians' Orchestra and several Belgian orchestras including the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Sturm und Klang Orchestra, the Namur Symphony Orchestra, etc.

Stéphanie Salmin is elected by her city "Citizen of Namur of the Year", She is the recipient of the Thirionet Funds.

Stéphanie Salmin graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Mons with the highest distinction, graduated from the Hochschule der Künste in Berne (diploma of soloist) and graduated from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She studied successively with F. Dupont, D. Ouziel and A. Madzar and received the advice of D. Lively, A. R. El Bacha, B. Engerer, E. Leonskaja, M. Béroff, F.T'Song, P. Anderszewsky.

In 2013, she recorded a solo recital disc that combines the Carnival op.9 Schumann and the Prelude, Aria et Final César Franck. Stéphanie Salmin plays trio in the Trio Fernand Khnopff with violinist Sadie Fields and cellist Romain Dhainaut. In addition to her concert activities, Stéphanie Salmin teaches piano at the Balthasar-Florence Conservatory in Namur. She is also the founder of the Namur Chamber Orchestra in 2012, which is fast becoming one of the most brilliant formations in Belgium.

Duo Solot

Acclaimed by the press and the European public as an "original duo and virtuoso", the Duo Solot embarked on an exciting four-handed career.
Winners of the Valberg International Piano Competition 4 hands, the Duo Solot plays in the biggest halls of Belgium, all over Europe and to Asia.
Their concerts go from the traditional recital to original concerts, mixing music with the show (staging, lights, projections ...), humor at unlikely places or hours!

In 2011, they recorded as a world premiere a record devoted to large transcriptions of extracts from operas by Rossini for the label Pavane Records. This disc is ovationed by critics.
In 2015, they released a second album around the transcriptions of Smetana's Moldova and Dvorak's New World Symphony. The criticism is again admiring.

In addition to the original pieces for the 4-handed piano, Duo Solot plays transcriptions of symphonic works, restoring a new life to brilliant partitions, sometimes forgotten. Thus they travel Belgium in 2013 with the transcription for piano 4 hands of the Rite of the Spring of Stravinski during the various celebrations of the centenary of the creation of this work.

Their repertoire ranges from transcriptions of orchestral works to the original scores of Schubert, Dvorak, Brahms and many others, as well as large concertos for two pianos to more specific works such as Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer or Petite Messe Solemn of Rossini.
In 2015, the Duo Solot creates Cinema with four hands, an original show around paraphrases of music in films.

 

Pierre Solot

Pianist, lecturer and author, Pierre Solot gives concerts in Europe and Asia (Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Iran, ...).
In addition to numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts, Pierre Solot works and participates in various theatrical projects with comedian Emmanuel De Candido. The performances they create together ( "Novecento: pianist", "Like a tear on a smile", "A river at the border", etc.) are played in Europe and to the Middle East.

Pierre Solot is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the European Center for the Mastery of Piano Eduardo Del Pueyo. He studied with V. Delemazure, Teresa Escudero, Burkard Spinnler and Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. He obtains a first prize of piano and of chamber music and the Master of piano. Pierre Solot teaches piano at the Balthasar-Florence Conservatory of Namur.

Pierre Solot is also a graduate in Musicology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (research on North American music at the beginning of the 20th century and Master's thesis on the Russian composer Alexandre Scriabine). As a musicologist, Pierre Solot gives lectures, publishes articles and regularly collaborates with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège.

Pierre Solot is also the author of a novel "The Stroll of Stiva Leko" which in 2011 receives the 1st prize in the competition of the "first novel" of Editions oléronaises, a book now published by this publishing house.
He is also the author of a tale for comedian and string orchestra "As a tear on a smile" played repeatedly in Belgium and France.