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Marina Eckhardt- mandolin

Monty van Belzen- accordion  


Mandoline-accordeonduo Follie à deux: Passionata II



Mandolinplayer Marina Eckhardt (1960) graduated in 2003 in the study of teaching musician, and in 2006 she got the Masterdegree (performing musician) at the Conversatory of Tilburg (Holland). She took lessons from Benny Ludemann and Ad van Sleuwen and followed masterclasses from Keith Harris, Gertrud Weyhofen, Detlef Tewes en Caterina Lichtenberg. She plays in the Giuliani trio, and performs with pianoplayer Ad van Sleuwen. With him she recorded a cd with original compositions for mandolin and piano from Vienna around 1800. She teaches mandolin and guitar and is conductor of a mandolin and guitar orchestra in her hometown. 

Accordionplayer Monty van Belzen (1959) developed himself as allround musician. Besides the fact that he is the musical partner of Marina Eckhardt, he plays with several choirs. With these choirs he recorded several cd’s and made concerttrips to the United States, Russia and Australia. Among the highlights in his carreer are the collaboration with Gregor Bak and his choir of Ural Cossacks and performances with the Dutch “Zeeuws Symphonic Orchestra”.


2005 - Passionata
Pelagia's Song - Stephen Warbeck
Reunion- Stephen Warbeck
Companero - Natale Luciani
U lamentu chi ti cerca - Roger Lucchesi
A Scuttiscia - trad.
Bonita Ni
ña - A.Malando
Olé Guapa - A. Malando
Romeo and Juliet - Nino Rota
El Choclo - A.G. Villoldo
Hab Mitleid - N.R. Bakalainikow
Dvie gitary - trad.
Passionata - Monty van Belzen
Cançiones Prima - Astor Piazzolla
Libertango - Astor Piazzolla

Follie à deux was founded in december 2003 and plays music of Astor Piazzolla, Malando (a Dutch composer of tangos) but also Russian and Southern European traditional music as well as arrangements of musical and movie themes.

The name `Follie a deux´ has been derived from the duo that mandolinplayer Marina Eckhardt formed with guitarist Leo van Rutte in the 90s of the last century. This duo was called 'The Follia Duo' and the new duo - with a different musical partner - was to become a continuation; in other words, Follia two. With a wink to the French language (the right spelling would be 'Folie') that is indeed was it has become...


















2009 - Passionata deux
Ah! Cavaquinho - Anacleto de Medeiros
Iara - Erothides de Campos
Tico Tico no Fubá - Zequinha de Abreu
El Noi de la Mare - traditional Catalan
El Testament d’Amélia - traditional Catalan
West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
1. America
 2. Somewhere
 3. Tonight
4. I feel pretty
Guapita - A. Malando
Invierno Porteño - Astor Piazzolla
Oblivion - Astor Piazzolla
Canto y fuga - Astor Piazzolla
Czardas - Vittorio Monti

Passionata - Monty van Belzen