Artists biographies
Kristian Bezuidenhout

Lauded by critics as the finest fortepiano performer of our time, Kristian Bezuidenhout completed his survey of his celebrated recording project Mozart: Keyboard Music released for harmonia mundi in 2016. Apart from being a wonderful player, Bezuidenhout really understands what the different construction and string layout means for timbre and sustain, and has exceptional command of tone and color in all registers of the fortepiano. For him, the art of historically informed performance is no dry, academic exercise but a bold act of musical imagination. His playing contains endless variations of colour, articulation and phrasing. He is both expressive and judicious with rubato and is a master in showing us the expressive possibilities of the fortepiano, combined with interpretive liberties and an operatic sense of timing and drama.
Bezuidenhout is equally at home on the harpsichord and modern piano and a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He guest-directes (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He collaborates John-Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore and Matthias Goerne.

In the 2016/17 season he will direct his first Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort.

Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2014