Z.o.o. guitar duo (Marion Schaap en Peter Constant)
… has been described in Classical Guitar magazine as “premiere league quality”. Comprising the virtuoso talents of Peter Constant (Australian) and Marion Schaap (Dutch), both ‘Master of Music’ graduates of Yale University, the duo has built an international reputation over the past 20 years. Peter and Marion ran the guitar faculties of Melbourne University from 1992-1998, before moving to Holland where they are currently based (Almere). They have performed at countless podia and festivals in Europe, America en Asia, and appear on some 15 CD releases on various labels including Move Records, ABC Classics en Naxos.
The duo ‘Z.o.o.’ are prolific arrangers, from the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi through to guiding and encouraging the many composers who have written especially for them. Z.o.o. guitar duo have long been leading exponents of ‘new generation’ guitars, such as luthiers Greg Smallman, Paul Sheridan, Jeroen Hilhorst, Graham Caldersmith. These include a unique collection of ‘guitar family’ instruments, which add new, rich tonal possibilities to the duo’s musical palette.
Peter and Marion are widely known as inspirational work in the field of guitar ensembles. They are the artistic directors of Stichting Gitaarorkest Nederland, and have led both the Netherlands and European Youth Guitar Orchestras with soloists including guitar ‘legend’ Pepe Romero. They have appeared as soloists with JGO Baden-Württenburg (Helmut Oesterreich), the Swiss Guitar Ensemble and various other leading guitar ensembles. Peter en Marion recently led an ensemble of 1,000 guitarists in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, during the World Culture Festival 2011. Their annual ‘gitaarspektakel’ concerts are an established highlight on the Dutch guitar calendar.