Matthijs Koene – panfluit
Stefan Gerritsen – gitaar
Verso is a unique and virtuosic duo, playing a wide range of styles from ancient to contemporary music. In search for new repertoire they often ask composers to write for their duo, which has resulted in a collection of more than sixty original works. The music is extremely diverse and adventurous: contemporary classical is interwoven throughout with shades of world music, jazz, pop and dance. Verso has been awarded many times in international competitions: De Vriendenkrans and Concertgebouwprijs (Amsterdam 2003), Comradio contempory music prize (Barcelona 2003), IBLA Grand Prize and the Piazzolla award (Raguza, Italy 2006). Their first CD was released in 2009 and created the first ever pan flute-guitar CD with completely original repertoire. The CD received enthusiastic reactions by the international press: Verso are highly skilled, very professional and charismatic performers” (Classical Guitar magazine, 2010) They are very, very good! Guitarist Gerritsen is virtuosic and fluent in all of the techniques of modern guitar playing. Koene does things with his instrument which sounds quite impossible at times”. (Soundboard magazine 2010)
Their second cd was released in 2016 and had a 4 out of 5 stars rate in De Volkskrant, a major Dutch newspaper.
Matthijs and Stefan have appeared on concert series and festivals in the Netherlands, Europe, Africa and the United States and have played in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York and on international guitar festivals.