duo Nowak - Feruleva

Exploring the genre of the violin-cello duo: Kaja Nowak on violin, Anastasia Feruleva on cello. A musical partnership reinforced by a friendship of the inside-out kind. Repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Ravel and his contemporaries. Concert programmes consisting either only of violin-cello duo pieces, or a mix of those with works for violin solo and cello solo.

Septimus Trio

The music of Frederic Septimus Kelly, the almost-forgotten Australian/British composer who died in the Battle of the Somme, is something Kaja and Wouter first discovered when they played his Elegy together in the St. George Quintet. Impressed with its quiet expressiveness, they invited Diede, a friend and a frequent guest player in the Quintet, to record together Kelly's string trio for ABC Classics (the Australian classical music radio network), with the support of F. S. Kelly's family. The trio, finished in 1913, plainly shows young Kelly's fascination with Brahms, but nevertheless it has invention and melodic charm enough to stand on its own. Written just before the war, the trio is still a very optimistic piece of music and has served Kaja, Diede and Wouter as an original departure point for exploring the string trio repertoire...

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St. George Quintet

Two violins (Liesbeth Baelus and Kaja Nowak), viola (Marie-Louise de Jong), cello (Wouter Vercruysse) and double bass (Bram Decroix) is a not-so-conventional setting and thus a very versatile repertoire. Next to well known and loved pieces like the Dvorak quintet, the SGQ performs many rarely heard works from composers such as Onslow, Bliss, F.S.Kelly, has worked together with marimba and trombone players, co-created a music-theatre performance, and even presented their own arrangements of songs by The Beatles.

The St. George Quintet is a laureate of Supernova 2016, a competition for young chamber music ensembles organised in cooperation with the Belgian classical music radio station Klara. December 2016 marks the release of their debut CD album, British Legends.


See The making of British Legends
(...and hear Kaja speak about why she makes music at 6:02!)

  © 2018 by Kaja Nowak. All photos on this website © Pierre Eyben. Motto: "You are the music while the music lasts." ~ T.S. Eliot