Les nuits de Nacre, Tulle (France)

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote this elaborate piano suite after visiting an exhibition of several hundred works by his friend and compatriot Viktor Hartmann in the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition was organized in 1874, to commemorate the untimely passing of this painter and architect. Originally written for piano a considerable number of arrangements have been made of it for a variety of ensembles. TOEAC made their own arrangement for two bayans (concert accordions), drawing on both the piano version and Ravel’s orchestration: “We used the score of the former, and were inspired by the colouring and the phrasing from the orchestral version. Playing it on two accordions we can capture the intimacy and detail of subtle portraits and approach the massive sound of an orchestra where needed.”



Kultur im Kreis, Gieboldehausen (Germany)

Fairly Tales

Duizend-en-één dromen
Er was eens… 
Een vegetarische wolf, 
die Assepoester naar het bal van de Bergkoning brengt, 
waar Roodkapje de Wolf een dodelijke peer aanbiedt.
Kan Klein Duimpje iedereen op de valreep redden, 
door op naaldhakken met Roodkapje af te rekenen….?
En ze leefden nog lang en gelukkig…?

Met befaamde muzikale sprookjes van E. Grieg, P. Tchaikovski, M. Ravel en A. Wammes.

mede mogelijk gemaakt door Fonds Podiumkunsten, BNG Cultuurfonds en Janivo Stichting
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The classical accordion duo TOEAC consists of Renée Bekkers (1985) and Pieternel Berkers (1986). They studied at Fontys Academy of Music (Netherlands) where they both succeeded their Bachelor cum laude and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Geir Draugsvoll and James Crabb where they both succeeded Masters cum laude. At the moment they follow the soloist-class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Geir Draugsvoll.

TOEAC has been awarded several prizes: ‘Dutch Accordion-Competition’, ‘Prinses Christina-Concours’ (The Netherlands), ‘Grand-Prix International (France), ‘Premio Internazionale di Fisarmonica (Italy)’, ‘Grachtenfestival Conservatorium-Concours’ (The Netherlands), Vriendenkrans-concours/Het Debuut (The Netherlands) and Legatkonkurrencen (Denmark).

TOEAC played for several television programmes and radio programmes, national and international. Pieternel and Renée are also co-operating with other artists as conductors, writers, visual artists, live-electronic composers, documentarians, dancers and actors as o.a. Michael Schonwandt, Micha Hamel, Ernst van Tiel, Ed Spanjaard, Kader Abdollah, Regina van Berkel en duo Strijbos van Rijswijk. They worked with orchestras such as ‘het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest’, ‘Orkest de Volharding’, ‘het  Schönberg ensemble’, ‘het Nieuw Ensemble’, ‘het Malando Orkest’, ‘Metropole Orkest’ and ‘het Rotterdams Kamerorkest’. 

New compositions were written for them by G. Beljon, B.B. Skjelbred, C. Meijering, N. Huijbregts, B. de Murashkin, B. Richter, B. Skjelbred, E. Caine en N. Whiteman. Dobbelconcerto's were written by C. Farmakis and N. Ioakeim. 

TOEAC plays concerts in Indonesië, South-Africa, China, Canada, England, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey and The Netherlands. Pieternel and Renée played at several famous festivals such as Cheltenham  Festival, Festival de Saintes, Festival van Vlaanderen, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Rheingau Festival, Festival Aardklop, Kultur im Kreis, etc. 

The first CD 'NORDIC MUSIC' appeared in 2012, recently the CD 'TOEAC pictures...' was released.

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