Piano, Harpsichord & Fortepiano
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, he explored early keyboards, continuo playing and performance practice. 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 is 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, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Dunedin Consort (St Matthew Passion).
He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter and Mark Padmore.
Kristian’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart and Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester. In 2013 he was nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year. Recent releases include Volume 2 of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester.
In the 2017/18 season, Kristian becomes an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert. As a soloist he performs with Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Herreweghe, and Les Violons du Roy/Cohen. Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, USA and Japan.
Conductor, cellist & keyboardist
Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain’s finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse activities as baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants, Artistic Director of Tetbury Festival and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Jonny becomes Music Director of Les Violons du Roy from the 2018/19 season and in the interim he is Music Director Designate.
2017/18 sees return visits for Jonathan to Les Violons du Roy, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera for Guilio Cesare. He makes his debut with Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege and has appearances with his ensemble Arcangelo, which he founded in 2010 and with whom he has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival and Carnegie Hall New York. Other recent highlights include a European tour with Vilde Frang with concerts at Oslo Opera House and Tonhalle Zürich. In 2016, Jonathan conducted Arcangelo for their BBC Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Arcangelo are in much demand in the recording studio, partnering fine soloists such as Iestyn Davies (their disc Arias for Guadagni won the Recital Category at the 2012 Gramophone Awards), Anna Prohaska, and Christopher Purves. Together with Scene! with Christiane Karg, Arcangelo’s disc Arias for Benucci with Matthew Rose was nominated for a 2016 International Opera Award. Their latest release is of CPE Bach Cello Concerti with Nicolas Altstaedt, which won the BBC Music Magazine Awards’ Concerto category in 2017.
Harpsichord & Conductor
Trevor Pinnock pioneered performance on historical instruments with his orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972. Since 2003 he has divided his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.
He tours regularly with Maria João Pires and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and with Emmanuel Pahud and Kammerakademie Potsdam. This season he returns to the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Kammerorchester Basel and works with the Orchestre National de France. As Principal Guest Conductor of the RAM Concert Orchestra he visits Japan to lead them in combined concerts with Tokyo Geidai, University of the Arts Orchestra. His other projects include solo harpsichord recitals and concerts with Matthew Truscott, Sophie Gent and Jonathan Manson.
Recent recordings include two solo recordings, Louis Couperin harpsichord works and a recital ‘Journey – 200 years of harpsichord music’; CPE Bach Flute Concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerakademie Potsdam; Mozart’s Gran Partita for winds and Haydn Notturno with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists.
In 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and in 1998 the order of Officier des Arts et des Lettres.