Lestari Scholtes

About Me

Lestari Scholtes (born 1984) has given many concerts in the Netherlands and has performed on five continents, both as a soloist and with her ensembles, Pianoduo Scholtes & Janssens and Trio 258.

Since 2003, Lestari has formed the Pianoduo Scholtes & Janssens with Gwylim Janssens. As a duo, they studied with Silver & Garburg at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover. The duo has won more than a dozen (international) prizes, including the Vriendenkrans Concours and the Concours Musical de France. In 2010, the duo was named Radio4 Talent of the Year. They have performed in more than 30 countries worldwide. The American press wrote about their performance of Igor Stravinsky's Petrouchka (Carnegie Hall, 2012), "Superb teamwork – two as one – with excellent, turn-on-a-dime transitions between episodes." The duo has released two CDs with Quattro Live and Etcetera Records. Their third CD, featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, and Bach/Kurtag, was released in late January 2021 by Challenge Records International. Since 2015, Lestari has been playing with Eduardo Paredes Crespo (violin) and Leonard Besseling (cello) in Trio 258. With this piano trio, she has also performed domestically and internationally. The trio's debut album, featuring notably the grand second piano trio by Rachmaninoff, was released in January 2023 by Challenge Records International and was highly praised by the (international) press.

Lestari has been heard in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo, as well as many festivals, including the Festival of Bath, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, TonLagen-Dresdner Festival of Contemporary Music, Braunlage Maikonzerte, Basilica Festival of Flanders, Klevische Klaviersommer, the Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival in Georgia, Almere Chamber Music Festival, the International Piano Duo Festival in Poland, the Storioni Festival, and Festival Classique. Lestari has also soloed, including with her piano duo, with orchestras like the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Domestica Rotterdam, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, and the Brabant Orchestra. In chamber music, she has performed with artists such as Gary Hoffman, Gordan Nikolic, Rosanne Philippens, Lidy Blijdorp, Daniel Rowland, Karin Strobos, Thomas Oliemans, Judith van Wanroij, and the New European Ensemble.

Lestari lives with her partner, violinist Eduardo Paredes Crespo, and their son Nathaniel in Amsterdam.