“This album is much more than a calling card. It introduces a new group into the particularly selective circuit of groups that matter” Classica
“The two young women in Duo Jatekok have it all: dynamic precision and expressive vigour, exuberance on the keyboard and a multilingual touch, and most of all, a kind of jubilant harmony” Le Monde
It was in 2007 that Nairi Badal and Adélaïde Panaget officially formed their duo and, on the advice of Claire Désert, performed a contemporary piece by Kurtág: Játékok. This work which would crystallise their harmony together consists of short lyrical miniatures that are meditative, full of feeling and sensitivity. Jatekok, meaning “game” in Hungarian, an idea that would become their signature.
Winners of two major international piano duo competitions, in Rome in 2011 and Ghent in 2013, trained by N. Angelich, B. Engerer and even the Artemis Quartet, they have built up a repertoire that reflects their dynamism and expressiveness. Their first album, Danses (Dances), released under the Mirare label in 2015, has been unanimously hailed by the press and the duo is going to present it at major festivals and on great classical music stages: the Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron, Les Folles Journées in Nantes, the Warsaw Opera House, the Cité de la Musique (City of Music) in Paris, Flagey in Brussels, the Dvorak Museum in Prague, the Borsellino Theatre in Sicily, and even the Auditorium Del Massimo in Rome.
Their second album, titled The Boys and released in 2018 through Alpha Classics, is a tribute to the American piano duet of Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale. They intertwine elements of the modern and classic repertoires. Adélaïde and Naïri aim to enlarge the melomaniacs array of music and to draw their curiosity. Thanks to this new setlist, they have been invites to play at the Seine musicale in Paris, at the Pisno festival in Lille and also in Belgium and China.
Invited to play by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Malaisia Orchestra, Guatemala Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia, they have had more and more musical encounters. Beyond performing classical pieces in front of well-informed audiences, Duo Jatekok like to share their love for an art form which is sometimes not easily accessible for the majority of people. They thus take many opportunities to connect with the public in original ways, whether through taking the mic to explain the origin of a piece or a composer’s history, performing the Nutcracker with sand artist Marina Sosnina, or even bringing the Little Prince to life together with the actor Julien Cottereau.
Nairi Badal and Adélaïde Panaget find a way to reach audiences who recognise their sincerity, unaffectedness, talent and authenticity. Jatekok: playing the piano, four hands, two pianos, classic, contemporary, with the public, with other musicians, and other artists. The essence of the Duo is the playing itself.