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Award-winning pianist is set for Rocester stage

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010 Photo: Marco Borggreve

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‘ONE of the finest exponents of the fortepiano’ is set to hold the first piano recital of the new year in Rocester.

Kristian Bezuidenhout Fortepiano will perform a programme of Mozart sonatas and the Fantasia in C Minor from 8pm on Tuesday at Abbotsholme School as part of the Abbotsholme Arts Society programme of events.

Organisers said that the young artist is recognised in the world over as one of the finest exponents of the fortepiano.

Since winning the prestigious first prize and audience prize, at the tender age of 21, in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition he has enjoyed a glittering career both as recitalist and with the world’s leading ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert and The Royal Concertgebouw.

Since 2009, he has made numerous recordings for Harmonia Mundi and his recording of Beethoven violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova (ONYX label) won an Echo Award for the best chamber music album of 2011.

A disc of Mozart Piano Concertos (K. 453 & 482) with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was released recently.

Bezuidenhout was described by The Times newspaper as ‘one of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant of today’s fortepiano players’.

Born in South Africa in 1979, Bezuidenhout began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music and now lives in London.

After initial training as a modern pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette.

He is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concerto Köln, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director.

He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore.

Bezuidenhout divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht, and the festivals of Salzburg, Luzern, Edinburgh, Schleswig Holstein, Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart and at many of the world’s most important concert halls including the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées and the Symphony Hall.

Tickets for the concert cost £16 for adults or £5 for under 25s and are available from the box office by phoning 01543 263304.

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