Kristian BezuidenhoutMore Info
Kristian Bezuidenhout, who was born in South Africa in 1979, began his studies in
Australia and completed them summa cum laude at the Eastman School of Music. He first
gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize
and the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition (2001)-only the third time the
former prize has been awarded in the history of the competition.
Mr. Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world's leading ensembles, including
the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Concerto Köln, The Chamber
Orchestra of Europe, Collegium Vocale Gent, and the Handel and Haydn Society. He has
performed with celebrated artists Frans Brüggen, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Viktoria
Mullova, and Christopher Hogwood.
Mr. Bezuidenhout divides his time between concerto, recital, and chamber music
engagements, and has appeared in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges,
St. Petersburg, Venice, and Utrecht. Other festival performances include the Festival de
Saintes, La Roque d'Anthéron, Musikfest Bremen, Tanglewood Festival, Mostly Mozart, and the
Menuhin Festival Gstaad. He is now a guest professor at both Eastman and the Schola
Cantorum in Basel.
Plans for the future include concerts with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées under Philippe
Herreweghe, a Mendelssohn project with the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra and Gottfried von
der Goltz, a tour with Les Arts Florissants, trio concerts with Viktoria Mullova and Pieter
Wispelwey, and additional recordings for Harmonia Mundi.