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Kristian Bezuidenhout, born in 1979, began his studies in Australia. He has worked with teachers including Rebecca Penneys, Paul O’Dette, Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin and Arthur Haas and completed graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. At 21, he won the prestigious First Prize as well as the Audience Prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition (2001), a double honor, this being only the third time the prize has been awarded in the history of the competition.
A native of South Africa, Bezuidenhout is a versatile keyboard player who performs regularly on fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano in North America, Europe, Great Britain, Australia and Asia. Collaborations have included chamber music with with Giuliano Carmignola, Pieter Wispelwey, Paul O’Dette, Daniel Hope, and Malcolm Bilson; concertos with The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Handel and Haydn Society, Concerto Köln, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under Paul Dyer, and the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra under Frans Brüggen; and Lied recitals with duo-partner Jan Kobow.
Kristian has appeared in the early music festivals of Boston, Bruges, Venice and Utrecht, and the festivals in West Cork (Ireland), Brühl (Germany), Gstaad (Switzerland), Savannah (USA), Vermont (USA) and Poeke (Belgium). His New York and Boston debuts in Carnegie and Symphony Hall were met with unanimous critical acclaim - Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe described his performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto on an 1825 Graf as “extraordinary…and immensely expressive” - and his recording of Mozart solo fortepiano works entitled Sturm und Drang was considered the most “impressive and provocative debut recording in years.” Bezuidenhout has served as a faculty assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where he teaches fortepiano and 18th Century performance practice, and has been a guest on NPR’s Performance Today.
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