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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam




Born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, Lucas and Arthur Jussen both started taking piano lessons at the age of five with Leny Bettman in the Dutch town of Hilversum. The brothers were invited by Maria João Pires to study with her for nearly a year in Portugal and Brazil in 2005. In subsequent years, they studied with both Pires and Jan Wijn, and immersed themselves in twentieth-century music with Ton Hartsuiker.

Lucas went on to study with Menahem Pressler in the United States, and with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, where in July 2015 Queen Sofía herself presented him with the prize for best piano trio in the 2013–14 academic year. Arthur, for his part, was heralded as Young Musical Talent of the Year in 2004, and is currently studying with Jan Wijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Lucas and Arthur have given solo performances with nearly all the Dutch orchestras. They have also appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra, working with such conductors as Jaap van Zweden, Eliahu Inbal, Stéphane Denève, Sir Neville Marriner and Frans Brüggen. The brothers performed the 2013 world premiere of Together for two pianos, written for them by Theo Loevendie.

Lucas and Arthur were invited to perform on the twentieth anniversary concert of the Master Pianists Series in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw. Together they received the very first Concertgebouw Young Talent Award in June 2011, as well as the 2011 Edison Luister Publieksprijs for their recordings with Deutsche Grammophon. A number of documentaries have been made about Lucas and Arthur.

In October and November 2012, the Jussen brothers made their first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Jan Willem de Vriend in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K 365.