Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a 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. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Monday, 2/12/18 at 8:00 pm, in Chandler Recital Hall within the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.
Hailed as “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano” (UK Herald), Kristian Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director.
Bezuidenhout’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart; Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester (ECHO Klassik); Beethoven and Mozart Lieder, and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (Edison Award).
BEETHOVEN: Rondo No.1 in C major and No.2 in G major, Op.51
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in D major, Op.10, No.3
HAYDN: Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C minor, Op.13, ‘Pathétique’
Tickets $15 General Public, $10 ODU Student.
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