“The finest living exponent of the fortepiano” —The Herald
“Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.” —The London Times
This year’s Berkeley Festival Main Stage will be rich in debuts by notable artists and ensembles from around the US and abroad. A special treat will be the first West Coast performances by the distinguished fortepianist and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout. Just 34 years old, Bezuidenhout already has earned an international reputation as a performer and recording artist, having worked with many of the most acclaimed figures in the early music movement, both in Europe and America.
For anyone who loves Mozart or Bach, or who doubts the beauty, expressive power, or historical significance of the fortepiano, Bezuidenhout’s concerts promise to be a revelation, as they have been to audiences around the world. A London Times reviewer called him “… a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.” The New York Times described his 2009 Boston Early Music Festival appearances as “the most magical performances of the festival” and named him that festival’s M.V.P. (‘Most Valued Player’). Amsterdam’s De Telegraaf called him “Mozart Reincarnated.”