Duo Oltheten Gomide was formed in 2013 when Daphne Oltheten (violin) and Henrique Gomide (piano) were studying at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands). Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano – the last piece written by the French composer – served as their inspiration to start a project. Their immediate affinity and similar musical ideas led them to quickly add several sonatas to their repertoire.

The duo has performed in major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands, Brazil and Germany and has released two CDs. The duo’s first CD features violin sonatas by Mozart, Schubert and Grieg. In 2019, they released their second CD, titled “Diálogo” (A Casa Discos). It contains short pieces by contemporary Brazilian composers, juxtaposed with two monumental sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms.

Their new album BRASIS is dedicated to the great innovators of Brazilian music in the late 20th century. In a bid to introduce the world to an underwater part of this musical iceberg that is Brazil, the duo delves into the works of hitherto little-known composers. Some of the collected beauties can be found among the 12 tracks of this album, which could not have been given a more appropriate name: “Brasis”, in Portuguese the plural of Brazil (Brasil).