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Born in 1979 in South Africa, Kristian Bezuidenhout received his training in Australia and later at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Among his teachers were Rebecca Penneys, Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, and Arthur Haas. At the age of 21 Bezuidenhout won first prize as well as the audience prize at the celebrated Fortepiano Competition in Bruges and launched his international career. He plays not only on such period keyboard instruments as the fortepiano and the harpsichord but also on the modern piano. A focus of his repertoire is the music of the Baroque and Classical eras. As a soloist he has performed piano concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; in the 2014-15 season he concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the ensembles Il Giardino Armonico and The English Concert. Bezuidenhout performs chamber music with the violinists Isabelle Faust, Pe-tra Müllejans, and Viktoria Mullova as well as with the cellists Pieter Wispel-wey and Jean-Guihen Queyras. Be-
zuidenhout is also involved in the genre of the art song and collaborates with Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore. Bezuidenhout is currently recording a ten-CD cycle of the Mozart sonatas for Harmonia mundi; the first seven CDs in the series have been awarded the Diapason Découverte and the German Record Critics’ Prize. He has additionally twice received the ECHO Klassik: in 2011 for his recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova and in 2013 for piano concertos of Mozart with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 27 November 2009 with piano works by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.