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An Interview with Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010Photo: Marco BorggreveAt age 35, harpsichordist and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout already has gained international recognition as one of the world’s great historical keyboardists. The Herald (UK) called him “The finest living exponent of the fortepiano,” while De Telegraaf (Netherlands) praised him as “Mozart reincarnated.” His deep and original insights into Mozart’s keyboard music have been especially lauded, and he will complete his multivolume recording set of the composer’s piano works for harmonia mundi USA later this year.

Bezuidenhout will make his West Coast debut during next week’s Berkeley Festival. On June 5, at 5:00 p.m., he will perform on a Viennese fortepiano in a solo recital of Mozart, plus one work of C.P.E. Bach. On June 7, at 8:00 p.m., he will join members of the Philharmonia Chamber Players conducted by Nicholas McGegan, in a program of orchestral works and keyboard concertos by members of the Bach family.

In a telephone interview, San Francisco Classical Voice’s Molly Colin spoke with Bezuidenhout in London. Read the full interview here.

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