Performance Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Weill Recital Hall
On whatever keyboard instrument he plays, Kristian Bezuidenhout is “a vigorously intelligent musician, well equipped with the technique to back up some extraordinary new ideas about old music” (The Boston Globe). At Carnegie Hall, he plays the harpsichord, performing music by Froberger, Kerll, Couperin, and Bach.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord
    New York Recital Debut


  • KERLL Toccata Seconda in G Minor
  • KERLL Passacaglia in D Minor
  • L. COUPERIN Allemade for Harpsichord in E minor
  • L. COUPERIN Courante for Harpsichord in E Minor
  • L. COUPERIN Sarabande for Harpsichord in E Minor
  • FROBERGER Toccata No. 16 in C Major, FbWV 116
  • FROBERGER Partita No. 12 in C Major, FbWV 612a
  • HANDEL Allemande from Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428
  • HANDEL Courante from Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437
  • HANDEL Aria and Variations from Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428
  • BACH Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
  • BACH Partita in A Minor (after Solo Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004; trans. for harpsichord by Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

  • Encore:
  • BACH Allemande from Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828


  • Kristian Bezuidenhout

    Born in South Africa in 1979, Kristian Bezuidenhout began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial studies 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. During this time, he gained considerable experience as a continuo player in Baroque opera productions in the US and Europe. 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, and Collegium Vocale Gent-in many instances assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists that include Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Carolyn Sampson, and Mark Padmore.

    Mr. Bezuidenhout currently 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, as well as the Saintes Festival, Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Musikfest Bremen, Tanglewood Festival, and Mostly Mozart. In addition, he has performed at many of the world's most important concert halls, including the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonies, Suntory Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Symphony Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

    In 2006, Mr. Bezuidenhout was invited by Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century to perform the complete late piano concertos of Mozart; this was followed by a weekend cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

    Since 2009, Mr. Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recordings include Mozart violin sonatas with Petra Müllejans, and volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart. Other projects include Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Schumann's Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore, both of which won Edison Awards.

    Mr. Bezuidenhout's engagements in the 2012-2013 season include performances with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and Insula Orchestra. He gives recitals throughout the UK, Europe, and in the US, and collaborates with cellist Pieter Wispelwey and violinist Isabelle Faust in the Netherlands.


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At a Glance

At the center of tonight's concert is Johann Jacob Froberger: All of the composers featured either knew him or were deeply influenced by his music. Louis Couperin studied with him, and most likely Johann Kaspar Kerll did as well. George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach studied (and even referenced) his works. Represented on the program are some of the most popular genres of Baroque keyboard music: the toccata, passacaglia, and dance suite. The composers each approach these forms slightly differently, displaying a commitment to originality despite the well-established traditions of the era.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.

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