Maarten Stragier and I met in 2016 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium), bonding over our shared passion for classical and electric guitar. Our first collaboration began with a residency in November 2023, where we worked directly with renowned composer Helmut Lachenmann on his classical guitar duo piece “Salut für Caudwell.” The success of our concert following this residency inspired us to establish the Duo Bibault-Stragier, specializing in contemporary classical music for guitar.

Our duo offers extended musical explorations, blending classical and electric guitar to create innovative sounds and textures. Exciting projects lie ahead, including collaborations with international musicians and artists, notably in Boston—a city with deep connections for Maarten and where I currently reside.