Debut album with Dina Ivanova

In January 2019 Merel will record her debut album together with pianist Dina Ivanova, prize winner of the most recent Liszt Competition. The album will include their absolute favourite Sonata for violin and piano: the Franck Sonata. They will combine this Sonata with compositions by two female composers: Poldwoski (daughter of the famous composer Henryk Wieniawski) and Mathilde Wantenaar.

Poldowski wrote her Sonata for violin and piano at a time when women weren’t allowed to vote. She had a very interesting life, especially for a woman of her time; she travelled across Europe as a concert pianist, designed haute-couture for the British Royal Family and wrote beautiful late-romantic compositions. The Sprookjes (fairytales) by twenty-five-year-old composer Mathilde Wantenaar were written about a century later. Female composers are still a minority in classical music, and with this album Merel and Dina would like to draw some extra attention to these two wonderful female composers.

The album will be released on Gutman Records, an independent label, and the recording will be led by Guido Tichelman, who recently won a Grammy Award. The recordings will take place in January at the Philipszaal Eindhoven.

Will you help us to realise our dream project? Our crowdfunding campaign on Voordekunst runs until mid november!


César Franck (1822-1890) – Sonata in A major

Poldowski (1879-1932) – Sonata in D minor

Mathilde Wantenaar (1993) – Sprookjes (“Fairytales”)