Kristian Bezuidenhout: Principal Guest Director

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, his studies have taken him around the world to Australia and North America, before settling in London.

Gaining international recognition at the age of 21, winning first prize in the prestigious Bruges Fortepiano competition, Kristian has gone on to work with some of the world’s leading ensembles as both soloist and director.

Nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the year, Kristian’s discography is a rich tapestry of solo, chamber, vocal, and concerto repertoire. Most notably, his complete recordings of Mozart’s keyboard music have been widely praised, winning prizes and accolades across Europe.

Working with The English Concert for many years, a special relationship has developed – or more accurately a musical friendship – and we are delighted that Kristian will become our first Principal Guest Director starting this season.

Kristian Bezuidenhout: In his own words

‘My first experience with The English Concert brings back the very fondest of memories. I remember being rather apprehensive at the time - this was my first play-direct project - but those fears were assuaged the minute we began making music together, the atmosphere immediately charged with positive energy. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing, but more importantly, by the focus, joy, and unbridled energy which these cherished colleagues bring to any repertoire they play.

The prospect of working in closer collaboration with The English Concert as their Principal Guest Director fills me with great excitement: what an enormous honour it will be to explore this extraordinary repertoire together.’