~Duo Agineko offer ‘a wonderful example of what a duo recital can achieve’ ~ *
Duo Agineko is an internationally outstanding viola-piano duo, established in Antwerp in 2011 by Belgian violist Sander Geerts (principal viola of Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) and Japanese pianist Yasuko Takahashi (member of the Danish soloists association ‘’Solistforeningen’’).
After appearing as an official duo, they immediately won several international chamber music prizes, such as;
-Grand prix at the international competition of young performers in Madeira, Portugal on March 2011
-Finalists for the chamber music section of the 18th International J. Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria on September 2011
-The 1st Absolute Prize and the Special Prize 'Chamber Music' at the 22nd Young Musician International Competition for Chamber Music in Barletta, Italy on April 2012
-Special Prize for the chamber music section of the 19th International J. Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria on September 2012
Sander’s sweet and sensual viola sound and Yasuko’s colorful and supportive partnership at the piano are making this duo unique. The atmosphere they create is heartwarming. Their virtuosity, their richness in color, and their deep capacity to empathize with composers are drawing the audience into their story.
They released their debut CD ‘Sonatas’ and the 2nd CD ‘A tribute to Ysaÿe’ both at the label Etcetera Records. Thereafter both CD's are gaining great reputations, such as 'Sonatas' appreciated highly by British classical music magazine Gramophone, and 'A Tribute to Ysaÿe' chosen as CD best 10 by Belgian classical music radio station Klara.
* title of the CD review page on Gramophone Magazine (UK), November 2016