While a student, Kristian Bezuidenhout discovered that the fortepiano was the ideal instrument for Mozart’s piano music. In an interview, he once said that young pianists are always told that they must play Mozart gracefully – gracioso. He felt it was wrong, though, that he was always having to hold himself back, since Mozart’s music is, after all, full of Sturm und Drang. But when he approached this music on the fortepiano, everything suddenly fell into place.
Bezuidenhout is now in high demand not only as a pianist, but also as a fortepianist and harpsichordist, collaborating frequently with such early music specialists as Frans Brüggen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Ton Koopman and Christopher Hogwood. He also makes regular appearances at early music festivals and has been appointed Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester for three years from the 2017-18 season.
Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, studied in New York and lives in London. His CD recordings have won multiple awards. His 2013 recording of the Mozart piano concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester earned him an ECHO Klassik award.
Bezuidenhout appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman in 2010 and under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in 2012.In August 2015, he performed Bach’s Suite No. 3 and Mozart’s Pianoconcert No. 22 with the orchestra at the Robeco SummerNights and on tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Season 2017-18 marks his first perfomance in the dual role pianist-conductor with the RCO.