Canadian-born Dutch cellist Pamela Smits and German pianist Sabine Simon first met each other in 1991, during a summer course in Ernen given by the renowned Hungarian pianist and pedagogue György Sebők. Later, they both studied at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA), where a personal and professional friendship began that continues to this day. In 2004 they released their first joined CD, The French Cello.
The CD 'Felix Austria' is evidence of a special affinity, which both musicians have with the Hungarian and Czech repertoire. It is the crystallisation of years of study and giving concerts all over the world of this repertoire and therfore pays homage to their former Czech and Hungarian teachers, Jiří Prchal, János Starker and György Sebök.
'With her sensitive approach to playing Pamela Smits showed herself to be more then a match for the refined virtuosity of it." (Ligeti - Solo Cello sonata) - review Südthüringische Zeitung, Germany.
Without doubt, Sabine Simon is amongst the stars of contemporary concert performance.”
-review of a recital in the series Young Master Pianists in Darmstadt, Germany.
“I consider Pamela Smits one of the most dedicated and musically gifted cellists in her generation.”
-Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cellist, Professor of Music, Indiana University, USA