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“Duo Esplanade has knocked me over with their skill, energy, and musicality. They are ones to watch.”


Valerie Coleman

Composer & Flutist

Founder of Imani Winds

"Duo Esplanade is the musical “marriage” of two truly great young players who are willing to dig deep in to the existing repertoire for flute & clarinet and find some real musical gems. Dynamically, technically and musically Duo Esplanade delivers musical adventures which are most impressive and enjoyable.”


Jim Walker

Professor of Flute

The Colburn School

Former Principal Flutist

Los Angeles Philharmonic



“I am most impressed by the tightness of the ensemble and the intonation. They seem at times to be one organ stop as opposed to individual instruments.”


Robert Spring

Professor of Clarinet

Arizona State University



“…I am struck by how outstanding their ensemble playing is, and how much they sound like a single unit. Their playing is imaginative, witty, sensitive, and compelling.”


Jonathan Bass

Piano Faculty

Boston Conservatory



“Mr. Katsuya Yuasa and Ms. Ayça Çetin are wonderful performers and accomplished musicians in their own right. They both have excellent technique, beautiful tones and wonderful ensemble skills.”


Ricardo Morales

Principal Clarinet

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Faculty, Temple University

Curtis Institute of Music

Former Faculty

The Juilliard School

Manhattan School of Music

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“They are highly accomplished as both musicians and instrumentalists, and demonstrate an admirable level of ensemble skills--excellent intonation, fine timbral blend, impeccable articulation, and brilliant technical command.”

Leone Buyse

Mullen Professor of Flute

Chair of Woodwinds

Shepherd School of Music

Rice University

Former principal flutist

Boston Symphony

Boston Pops orchestras

“They play with the technical virtuosity required of a national performing group and with expressivity and musical maturity. They blend and draw a wide palette of tone colors from the flute/clarinet combination and give thoughtful interpretations of both standard and innovative works.”

Joanna White

President of Flute/Clarinet

Duos Consortium

Principal Flutist

Saginaw Bay

Midland Orchestras

Professor of Flute

Central Michigan University

“…it was just wonderful to see and hear them interact musically on stage: their high-level performance and passion for sharing new music were more than confirmed! I am convinced that music written for flute and clarinet reaches new heights when Ayça and Katsuya play it…” 


José-Luis Maúrtua

Director of Orchestral Studies

Professor of Composition/Theory

Central Michigan University


“…perfect intonation, ensemble precision, and technical accomplishment. They showed a commitment to contemporary music, and a desire to excel.”


Frank Kowalsky

Joseph A. White

Professor Emeritus of Clarinet

Florida State University

“They both are undoubtedly great musicians - expressive, virtuosic, secure performers who also has incredible ‘ears’ as individual soloists as well as Duo Esplanade.”


Xi Zhang

Percussion Faculty

Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Joint Venture Percussion Duo

Endorsing Artist

Marimba One

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