Nov 11, 2013
"Mozart Reincarnated" - Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout makes Toronto debut with Tafelmusik Dec 5-8
“Mozart is the most important musical figure in my life: there’s absolutely no question about that.” — Kristian Bezuidenhout
Toronto (Canada) November 8, 2013 … The brilliant South African fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout makes his long-awaited Tafelmusik debut in Mozart’s Piano Dec. 5 to 8, 2013 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. A frequent guest with the world’s leading baroque orchestras and renowned for his stellar recordings of Mozart’s keyboard works, Mr. Bezuidenhout has been dubbed “the finest living exponent of the fortepiano.” (The Herald, UK) He takes centre-stage in the Prelude and Fugue for Solo Piano in C Major, K.394, as well as two virtuosic Mozart piano concertos – K.413 and K.271 “Jenamy”– and leads the orchestra in an exploration of the music of Bach’s sons.
Mr. Bezuidenhout designed this concert programme, pairing the music of J.C. and C.P.E. Bach with Mozart, to reveal the profound impact the music of Bach’s sons had on the young composer and musical prodigy. “It’s clear that both C.P.E. and J.C. Bach were enormously influential figures for the young Mozart,” says Mr. Bezuidenhout. “The J.C. Bach symphony that opens the programme (Op. 3, Nr. 6 in G major) has ebullient and fizzy outer movements … but is notable for a G-minor middle movement that is deeply Mozartian in the grace and poignancy of its melodic style.” As for the C.P.E. Bach, he states, “the Symphony for strings in B Minor opens with a first movement of turbulent dynamic contrasts, manic unison playing in the fiddles, and uncompromising virtuosity … but quickly melts away into a central Largo that seems to presage Beethoven in its intense pathos. All in all, the contrasting worlds of the two Bach sons—J.C. with his lyrical warmth and sunny disposition, and C.P.E. with his fantasy and madness—are elements that can be found in almost all of Mozart.” Click here to read Tafelmusik’s full interview with Kristian Bezuidenhout.
Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa in 1979. He began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London.
Mr. Bezuidenhout divides his time between concerto, recital, and chamber music engagements, appearing in the music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Edinburgh, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice, Utrecht, Salzburg, Luzern, Schleswig Holstein, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart; and at many of the world’s most important concert halls, including the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Kristian was awarded the ECHO 2013 Award for Concerto Recording of the Year (Mozart Concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra), and was nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2013. Concerts in the 2013–14 season include appearances with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Arcangelo at the Tetbury Festival, as well as his December debut with Tafelmusik. Recitals include Zankel Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and Oji Hall Tokyo, and the complete Mozart Sonatas at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg.
Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s 35 & Under Young Audience programme, will be hosting an intermission party with musicians on Saturday December 7. These popular get-togethers are a chance for young audience members to mingle with their favourite musicians, while enjoying wine and snacks. December 7 is also Pay-What-You-Can night for Tafelscene members. For more information about Tafelscene, visit http://www.tafelmusik.org/concerts-tickets/35-under.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, and cities across Ontario. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received ten JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.