Kristian Bezuidenhout was 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 modern 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. Mr. Bezuidenhout first gained international
recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the
audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Mr. Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with
the world's leading ensembles, including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestre des
Champs-Élysées, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe,
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances
assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists who include
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher
Hogwood, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria
Mullova, Carolyn Sampson, and Mark Padmore.
In 2009, Mr. Bezuidenhout embarked on a
long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. His releases include Mozart's violin
sonatas with Petra Müllejans, and volumes 1-7 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart.
Volume 1 was awarded a Diapason Découverte and a Caecilia Prize, and Volume 3 was
recently awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Other projects for Harmonia
Mundi include Mendelssohn's piano concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester and
Schumann's Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore; both recordings won an Edison
Award. Mr. Bezuidenhout's recording of Beethoven's violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova
(ONYX label) won an ICMA and an ECHO Klassik award for Best Chamber Music Album of
In 2013, Mr. Bezuidenhout received the ECHO
award for Concerto Recording of the Year (Mozart concertos with the Freiburger
Barockorchester) and was nominated as Gramophone magazine's Artist of the Year.
Mr. Bezuidenhout has recently appeared in concert with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and
Freiburger Barockorchester, and his 2014-2015 season features performances with the Seattle
Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bern Symphony
Orchestra, The English Concert, Il Giardino Armonico, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
His recital appearances include New York, London, Wrocław, Salzburg, Barcelona, and
Frankfurt, among other cities.