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Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout to perform at Morningside College

January 24, 2018, in Latest News, Music

Kristian Bezuidenhout will perform a solo fortepiano recital at Morningside College on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Levitt Gallery in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

The performance will include works by Haydn and Beethoven, who composed specifically for the fortepiano. The recital is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception afterward.

Bezuidenhout has received international recognition for his work on fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano, including first prize and the audience prize at the Bruges Fortepiano Competition in Belgium. His collection of the complete keyboard music of Mozart has won several awards. In 2013, Bezuidenhout was nominated for Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year.

Bezuidenhout has performed around the world in such locations as London, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin and Japan. He is a regular guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in Germany. He also has guest-directed several orchestras, including Juilliard 415, the principal period-instrument ensemble at The Juilliard School in New York, and The English Concert, a baroque orchestra based in London.

Born in South Africa, Bezuidenhout studied in Australia before completing his studies at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Bezuidenhout lives in London and is artistic director of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and principal guest conductor with The English Concert.