A concert by piano duo amacord

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LATE-CITY-DM-4-3The Fairway Galle Literary Festival started off with an enchanting performance of classical music by Piano Duo Amacord at the Wolvendaal Church Colombo. The concert presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands had selected this heritage site as the venue for the event as it has a lot of significance to the Dutch culture and the Reformation church.  

The monumental Dutch Church, located in Colombo’s Pettah area is one of the main architectural achievements of the Dutch period. Its distinct Calvinist features and minimal ornamentation marks it as distinctly Protestant in style. The location did certainly add value to the performance.

Four hands on one piano, a spectacle of intersecting lines and dynamics was indeed a treat for everyone present. The young duo 

Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst of Amacord kept the audience captivated with their fabulous performance of four hands. Among the distinguished guests were the Ambassador of Netherlands 
Her Excellency Joanne Doornewaard and wife of our Prime Minister, Maitree Wickremesinghe. 

The repertoire for this programme featured Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel and Franz Liszt, with a special place reserved for the premiere performance of Fierce, from Shattered Glass, written for piano duo Amacord by the Dutch composer Marlijn Helder in 2017. Amacord is particularly happy to have the premiere performance of this piece in Sri Lanka, as part of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

The programme commenced with Mozart’s Sonata in D for piano four hands, KV 381, in three movements. This will be followed by Ravel’s Ma mere l’Oye (Mother Goose), a charming composition written for the very young children of friends of Marvel’s. In five movements for four hands piano, Ravel has evoked the essence of five traditional fairy tales. The Premiere of Marlijn Helder’s Fierce, from Shattered Glass was the next piece performed by Amacord; never before performed for an audience, this piece takes pride of place in this concert celebrating the shared history of The Netherlands and Sri Lanka.


Ivana Alkovic is a very talented pianist and musician. Her playing shows a sensitive feeling for the expression of musical works, an ability to command a variety of touches at the piano and to bring out a brilliant sound, analytic understanding, warm emotion, liveliness and virtuosity
Professor Roland Keller, Universitätfürmusik Vienna

 Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp Major; this a special arrangement for four hands by the piano duo Amacord was a beautiful piece. The evening’s finale was an absolutely well executed piece by the father of Classical music Johann Sebastian Bach. 

I was wondering how the name Amacord came to be, and this is what I found out from the duo. In the centre of Vienna, next to the busy Naschmarkt, lies café Amacord. Apparently it is a refuge for artists, politicians, free spirits and merchants. It was a place to debate, to retreat, fall in love or just to be… ​In the beating heart of the city that acts as the bridge between East and West, the Old Europe and the New, the city of Beethoven and Schubert, Schiele and Klimt, Serbian pianist Ivana Alkovicand and Dutch pianist Maarten den Hengst met each other. Their search for high art, conversation and friendship in a strange city brought them together in Amacord, where, apart from their love for music, the love for each other began to grow. This led to the birth of piano duo “Amacord”.