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Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout

harpsichord and fortepianos

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano.

Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert, Bezuidenhout is a regular guest with leading ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewand­­haus­­orchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415, Kammerakademie Potsdam, and Dunedin Consort (St Matthew Passion).

He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore, and Matthias Goerne.

The 2022–23 season sees Bezuidenhout perform with the Auckland Philharmonic, Guerzenich Orchester, and play-direct projects with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kam­merochester Basel, Philharmonia Baroque, and Concerto Copenhagen. He will join Mark Padmore and Sol Gabetta for recitals in Europe and will undertake a North American tour with Anne Sofie von Otter.

Bezuidenhout’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete solo keyboard music of Mozart. Recent releases include Winterreisse with Mark Padmore, Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Isabelle Faust, Haydn piano sonatas, and the complete Beethoven concertos with Freiburger Barokorchester.