Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Instructor of Historical Keyboards, part-time

Department:
Contact:

Biography

Kristian Bezuidenhout, who was born in South Africa in 1979, began his studies in Australia and completed them at the Eastman School of Music. He first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.

Mr. Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope and Viktoria Mullova and he regularly gives Lied recitals with Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore.

Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht; the Saintes Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Chopin Festival Warsaw, the Tanglewood Festival, and at many of the world’s most important concert halls: Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna and Symphony Hall.

Since 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi.  Recent recordings include Volume 1 and 2 of a projected nine volume series of the complete keyboard music of Mozart (Volume 1 was awarded a Diapason Découverte) and Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore. Other projects for Harmonia Mundi include Mendelssohn and Mozart piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Bezuidenhout’s latest CD release of Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Viktoria Mullova (Onyx label) has received great critical acclaim.