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CPE BACH: Rondo in C minor, Wq.59/4
W. A. MOZART: Suite in C major, K.399: Overture; Allegro, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande (fragment, completed by Robert D. Levin)
MOZART: Menuet in D major, K.355
MOZART: Gigue in C major, K.574
CPE BACH: Sonata in E minor, Wq. 59/5 “Kenner und Liebhabder”: Presto, Adagio 3. Andantino
MOZART: Rondo in A minor, K.511
MOZART: Fantasie in C minor, K.475
MOZART: Sonata in B flat major, K.333
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting fortepianists. 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. 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.
Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, in many instances assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sophie von Otter and Mark Padmore.
Since 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recordings include Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans, and Volumes 1-7 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart (awards include Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and Caecilia). Other projects for Harmonia Mundi include Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Beethoven, Haydn & Mozart and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (Edison Award). His latest recordings are Volumes 8 & 9 of Mozart Sonatas and Volume 2 of Mozart Piano Concertos with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. His recording of Beethoven 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 Bezuidenhout was awarded the ECHO Klassik Award for Concerto Recording of the Year (Mozart Concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) and nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year.
In the 2015/16 season, Bezuidenhout performs with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Kammerakademie Potsdam, The English Concert, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and continues his close collaboration with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He gives solo recitals in the UK, USA, Canada and Japan and performs chamber music with Mark Padmore, Rachel Podger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Isabelle Faust, Kristin von der Goltz and the Chiaroscuro Quartet. Harmonia Mundi USA