Kristian Bezuidenhout

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Called “the finest living exponent of the fortepiano” (the Herald, UK), Kristian Bezuidenhout is best known for bringing a new dimension to the interpretation of Mozart’s piano music. Trained as a modern pianist, Bezuidenhout quickly fell in love with the fortepiano—an early version of the piano most commonly seen today. He brings vigor, potency, and virtuosity to an instrument that is typically defined by its constraints. Bezuidenhout’s solo performance will include music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.


C.P.E. Bach
Rondo in C minor, Wq. 59/4, from für Kenner und Liebhaber

W. A. Mozart
Suite in C major, K. 399, with completion of the Sarabande by Robert D. Levin
Minuet in D major, K. 355
Gigue in G major, K. 574

C.P.E. Bach
Sonata in E minor, Wq. 59/1, from für Kenner und Liebhaber

Rondo in A minor, K. 511

Prelude and Fugue in C major, K 394
Sonata in A major, K. 331, 'Alla Turca'

Fortepiano made by R. J. Regier - Freeport, Maine

Argeo Ascani

Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa in 1979. He began his studies in Australia and completed them at the Eastman School of Music. He currently lives in London.

Bezuidenhout divides his time among concerto, recital, and chamber music engagements, appearing in music festivals in Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Edinburgh, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice, Utrecht, Salzburg, Luzern, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart; and at many of the world’s most important concert halls including the Berlin and Kölner Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

He was awarded the 2013 Echo Award for Concerto Recording of the Year (Mozart concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) and nominated as Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year 2013. Concerts in the 2013-14 season include appearances with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Arcangelo at the Tetbury Festival, as well as a play-direct program with Tafelmusik.

Kristian Bezuidenhout
$18 / $13 / $6
Concert Hall
February 23, 2014, 4PM

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA