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 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 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, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
He has performed with celebrated artists including 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 & Matthias Goerne.
Kristian’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart (Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, & Caecilia Prize); Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester (ECHO Klassik); Beethoven, & Mozart Lieder, and Schumann Dichterliebe with …
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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.
2016/17 sees Jonathan conducting Mozart’s Figaro at Glyndebourne, as well as appearances with Isabelle Faust at Wigmore Hall for their 115th Anniversary concert and major European festivals with his ensemble Arcangelo. Jonathan founded Arcangelo in 2010 and strives to perform high quality and specially created projects. He tours with them to exceptional halls and festivals such as Wigmore Hall where they have a Residency in the 2016/17 season, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival, and Carnegie Hall New York. Recent highlights include a European tour with Vilde Frang with concerts at Oslo Opera House and Tonhalle Zürich. Jonathan conducted Arcangelo for their BBC Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Arcangelo are busy and much in demand in the recording studio, partnering with 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 on Hyperion Records. Their Mozart …
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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 year he returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kammerorchester Basel, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.
Recordings released this season include a solo 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.
Trevor is Principal Guest Conductor of the RAM Concert Orchestra. In 1992 he was awarded the honour of CBE and he is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres