TOEAC: performance by virtuoso accordion duo from the Netherlands

10 October 2013

The classical accordion duo, TOEAC, consists of Renée Bekkers and Pieternel Berkers.  They studied at the Fontys Academy of Music (Netherlands) with Ronald van Overbruggen where they both received their Bachelor’s degree cum laude.  Pieternel also studied ‘Teacher of Music’, and Renée did her master’s degree in pedagogy.  Both succeeded cum laude as well.  They are currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Geir Draugsvoll and James Crabb.   

TOEAC has been awarded several prized: at the Dutch Accordion-Competition, Prinses Christina-Concours, Grand-Prix International (France), Premio Internazionale di Fisarmonica (Italy), Grachtenfestival Conservatorium-Concours as well as the Vriendenkransconcours/het Debuut.

They played for several television- and radio programmes, national and international.  TOEAC is also co-operating or co-operated with other artists as writers, visual artists, live-electronica composers, dancers and actors.  They worked with orchestras such as Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Orkest de Volharding, Schönberg Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Malando Orkest and Rotterdams Kamerorkest.

Pieternel and Renée are convinced that the accordion is an instrument from today and from the future.  That is why they like to co-operate with composers.  Composers like B. De Murashkin, N. Whiteman, E. Caine en N. Huijbregts have written compositions for the duo.

TOEAC played or are planning to play concerts in among other, England, Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia, South Africa, Turkey, China, Indonesia, Canada and the Netherlands.  They played at several festivals like the Cheltenham Festival, Festival de Saintes, Festival van Vlaanderen, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Rheingau Festival, Kultur im Kreis en Aardklop.


Mussorgsky: Schilderijententoonstelling
Stravinsky: Tango
Meijering: Schilderijententoonstelling (wêreldpremière)
Piazzolla: María de Buenos Aires
Grieg: Holberg Suite
 Beljon: De Noordewind


R130 (adults), R90 (pensioners), R50 (students and learners), R50 (group booking of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket.


Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)

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