On September 24 my new solo album Nox will be released! It’s all about the theme of night, its magic and its delusions. The programme contains Schumann’s Nachtstücke, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and a brandnew piece by Robert Zuidam titled Nox (check this small excerpt). Find more information on the recording section on this site. I’ll be on tour with this programme in recital from November, starting in Muziekgebouw aan het IJ on November 7.
A live registration of last month’s Goldberg Variations concert in De Waalse Kerk Amsterdam can now be viewed (and listened to) online – it’s the first video on my YouTube channel! The programme also includes Daan Manneke’s ‘Gedanken zu Bach’, composed specially to accompany Bach’s iconic work in a tour through monumental churches through the Netherlands – my first concerts after the lockdown.
What an unique experience and great honour it was to perform at the Prinsengracht Concert last Saturday! With the Van Baerle Trio, I was asked to replace Janine Jansen (who is – of course – unreplaceable!) at short notice. This year’s edition took place without the usual crowd of people and boats for obvious reasons. We played pieces by Ravel, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert and Arensky and my trio colleagues left me alone for the Aria from the Goldberg Variations… The entire concert was broadcast live on Dutch television and can be rewatched.
What a strange yet exhilarating feeling to be playing in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam again. My ‘orchestra’ is the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam and violist Simone van der Giessen. For your streaming pleasure, here is an arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 by an unknown contemporary of his.
Truly happy to announce that I will be playing live concerts again from July 1st! In the vast spaces of six monumental churches in Zwolle, Amsterdam, Breda, Naarden, Rotterdam and Groningen, I’ll be performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, preceded by a new composition by Daan Manneke, Gedanken zu Bach, composed during the corona crisis especially for this tour. There will be a maximum of 100 tickets per concert to guarantee your safety. For the tour schedule, please refer to the calendar.
On February 28th I had the honourable job of playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen in Belfast. It turned out to be my last performance as a soloist before the lockdown. The concert was broadcast on BBC 3, and with their kind permission you can listen to a 5-minute fragment of the Concerto and the encore I played. Enjoy!
This day, ten years ago, I played in the finals of the renowned Queen Elisabeth Competition. The Piano Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns is still very dear to me. Enjoy the live recording with the Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. See the video on my YouTube channel.
Don’t you think that playing Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a nice way to kick off the Beethoven year? I had the pleasure to play it twice in the Concertgebouw, with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Valentin Uryupin, and both concerts were reviewed by a national newspaper. Click on these links for the reviews in NRC and Trouw (in Dutch).
Daan Manneke’s magnum opus Grote Archipel, written for six pianists (each of them performing their ‘own’ movement) has been recorded live last year and issued now. Palazzetto Bru Zane has released an extensive portrait of Fernard de la Tombelle on 3 CDs, including a world première recording of his Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic under Hervé Niquet with yours truly as the soloist. Last but surely not least, the Van Baerle Trio has reached Volume 4 of the Complete Beethoven piano trios.
I am happy to announce that as of today I am joining EJ-Arts for General Management representation – a step which makes me very much look forward to what the future is going to bring. You can find all contact and booking details in the footer of this site. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Alferink Artists Management for nine years of collaboration, and I wish them all the best for the future.