Performance Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Zankel Hall
“A vigorously intelligent musician, well equipped with the technique to back up some extraordinary new ideas about old music” (The Boston Globe), Kristian Bezuidenhout is a master technician of a variety of keyboard instruments, including the modern piano and the harpsichord. Also hailed as “one of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant, of today’s fortepiano players” (The Times, London), Bezuidenhout has won the prestigious first prize and the audience prize at the Bruges International Fortepiano Competition and comes to Carnegie Hall to showcase his skill on this instrument.


  • Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano


  • C. P. E. BACH Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4
  • MOZART Piano Suite in C Major, K. 399
  • MOZART Minuet in D Major, K. 355
  • MOZART Gigue, K. 574
  • C. P. E. BACH Sonata in E Minor, Wq. 59, No. 1
  • MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
  • MOZART Prelude and Fugue in C Major, K. 394
  • MOZART Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331

  • Encore:
  • MOZART Andante Cantabile from Piano Sonata in C Major, K330

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Kristian Bezuidenhout

    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 Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, 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.

    Mr. Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital, and chamber music engagements, and has performed at the early-music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice, and Utrecht; the Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart festivals; and at many of the world's most important concert halls, including the Berlin and Köln philharmonies, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Symphony Hall in Boston, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and Wigmore Hall in London.

    In 2009, Mr. Bezuidenhout embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recordings include Mozart's violin sonatas with Petra Müllejans, and volumes 1-4 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 German Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Other projects for Harmonia Mundi include Mendelssohn's piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Schumann's Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore; both recordings won the 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 the best chamber music album of 2011.

    In 2013, Mr. Bezuidenhout was awarded the 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. Concerts in the 2013-2014 season include appearances with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Arcangelo at the Tetbury Music Festival, as well as a play-direct program with Tafelmusik. Recitals include appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and Oji Hall in Tokyo; in addition, he performs the complete Mozart sonatas at Salzburg's Mozartwoche.

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Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano
Harmonia Mundi

At a Glance

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach spent three decades in Berlin at the court of the music-loving King Frederick the Great of Prussia before rounding off his illustrious career as a church musician in Hamburg. The fifth child born to Johann Sebastian Bach, Emanuel was a much-admired keyboard player and teacher as well as an influential composer. The two piano pieces on this evening's program, written near the end of his life, illustrate the free, fantastical, and often passionately expressive style for which he is known. Mozart was among many younger composers who drew inspiration from C. P. E. Bach's music.

Mozart resigned his post at the ecclesiastical court in Salzburg in 1781 and spent the remaining decade of his life as a highly successful freelance composer and pianist in the imperial capital of Vienna. There, in addition to writing no fewer than 17 piano concertos, he produced a wide variety of solo keyboard music, ranging from multi-movement sonatas to rondos, fantasies, fugues, and other stand-alone pieces. The six works to be heard tonight offer a cross-section of this diverse and masterly repertoire. They illustrate Mozart's determination to expand the range of piano technique and expression, even as he breathed new life into forms and genres associated with his 18th-century predecessors.
Program Notes


An Introduction to Vienna: City of Dreams

Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes, and Vienna: City of Dreams.

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