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The Belgian School of Cello Playing

Since the nineteenth century, Belgium has produced many cellists that have made themselves heard worldwide. The most famous one is François Servais, the ‘Paganini of the Cello’. But there are many other cellists who have also helped shape what came to be known as the ‘Belgian School of Cello Playing’. More info

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10 March: recital Arte Amanti

Aleksandr Khramouchin (cello) and Sofja Gülbadamova (piano) play among others the Souvenir de Saint-Pétersbourg by Servais! More info on

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Champagne for the Villa Servais

Champagne for Christmas? Choose for the special “Cuvée Villa servais”. Full revenue will be used for the restoration of the frontage sculptures representing Rossini and Meyerbeer. More info on

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CD: Duo Ardente plays Servais

Duo Ardente – Aleksandra Lelek (cello) & Maciej Zimka (accordion) plays Servais’ Fantaisie sur deux Airs russes opus 13 on their debut CD. The piece has been released on CD for the first time. Here in a transcription for cello and accordion, which makes sense. The CD also contains works by Sofija Gubajdulina (In Croce), Zbigniew Bargielski (Labyrint) and Astor …

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Servais! fils de l’harmonie

Peter François describes the close link between the Halle wind orchestra and the Servais family. Peter François, Servais, fils de l’harmonie! De familie Servais en de Halse Harmonie Halle, Koninklijke Harmonie Sinte-Cecilia, 2015 178 p., 141 ill. – ISBN: 9789090058290 More info

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Fantaisie polonaise

François Servais, Fantaisie polonaise, opus 19 & Souvenir de Czernowitz, opus 21 Euphonium, 2016 € 22 – available through the Servais Society

Wereldprimeur: Servais’ 6 Etudes (oktober 2013)

François Servais, 6 Etudes for Cello and Piano or 2nd Cello edited by Peter C. Dzialo Halle, vzw Servais, 2013. Met inleiding door Peter François. 44 + 24 + 12 pagina’s. De vzw Servais brengt na bijna honderd jaar een nieuwe uitgave op de markt van Servais’ 6 Etudes, die vrijwel onbekend zijn gebleven, maar absoluut de moeite waard zijn. ...