Kristian Bezuidenhout piano
Born in 1979, Kristian Bezuidenhout is a versatile pianist with a fondness for historical instruments. He was born in South Africa, but studied piano in Australia and at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Early on in his studies, he chose to specialise in harpsichord and fortepiano, going on to build up extensive experience as a continuo player in opera productions in Europe and the United States.
At the age of twenty-one, he garnered international recognition by winning both first prize and the audience prize at the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. He has since given recitals, concerts and chamber music performances all over the world. Bezuidenhout is in high demand as a soloist with orchestras and he also gives regular performances as a guest conductor.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile British conductors of our time. He is a key figure in the development of historical performance practice, from the early Baroque up to and including the 20th century. He is also the founder and artistic director of The Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
In France he has been awarded the title of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as well as Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur; in 1998 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in Great Britain and in 2005 he was awarded the German Verdienstkreuz.