Sep 27, 2017

“Mozart Reincarnated”

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Kristian Bezuidenhout Returns as Guest Director and Fortepiano Soloist

“Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano.”—The London Times

“This is not grandma’s Mozart; it is Mozart’s Mozart.” —Toronto Star

Toronto, September 27, 2017 … Following his “scintillating” (Toronto Star) 2013 Tafelmusik debut, virtuoso fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout returns November 9 to 12 to direct the orchestra in Mozart’s Piano at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Known as “the finest living exponent of the fortepiano” (The Herald), Bezuidenhout brings Mozart’s fortepiano to life in this program of 18th-century keyboard gems and orchestral works.Bezuidenhout’s performance is generously sponsored by John and Margaret Catto.

Renowned for his stellar recordings of Mozart’s keyboard works,the brilliant South African artist is a frequent guest with the world’s leading baroque orchestras. Bezuidenhout recently became Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert.

One of the first virtuosos of the fortepiano, Mozart used all of the instrument’s colours to great effect. The lyrical Concerto for piano in A Major is the centrepiece of this program, which also includes the Rondo in A Minor for solo piano, the dynamic Symphony no. 29 in A Major, and symphonies by two of Mozart’s mentors, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christoph Bach.

Bezuidenhout designed this concert program 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,” he says.

In an interview with Tafelmusik Bezuidenhout remarked, “Mozart is the most important musical figure in my life: there’s absolutely no question about that. The more I study his music the more I’m struck by its richness, boldness, and subversiveness. Mozart’s music is not just the embodiment of perfection and grace—that much is very clear—but in the right hands it can move one on the profoundest level.”

Tafelmusik Music Director Elisa Citterio said, “I am looking forward to performing the music of Mozart, one of my favourite composers, with Kristian Bezuidenhout, an artist who is well-known for his profound insights into Mozart’s music. The orchestra vividly remembers Kristian’s lyrical collaboration during his Tafelmusik debut in 2013, and I am eager to extend that musical conversation when he returns in November.”


Kristian Bezuidenhoutis one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Kristian is a regular guest with leading ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, and has guest directed  the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Collegium Vocale, and Dunedin Consort. Artistic collaborations include John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Isabelle Faust, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Mark Padmore.

Bezuidenhout’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore.

In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Bezuidenhout will appear as director/soloist with Camerata Salzburg Orchestra, and as soloist with Orchestre des Champs Elysées and Les Violons du Roy.  Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, Japan, and the US.

Audience members are invited to join musicologist and broadcaster Dr. Hannah Frenchfor a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.
Tafelscene 35 & under intermission party takes place at the concert on Saturday Nov 11.
Kristian Bezuidenhout will give a fortepiano masterclass for emerging artists on Saturday, November 11, from 11am to 1pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall. This class is open to the public, and admission is free.



Mozart’s Piano,with guest director and fortepiano soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout

Dates & Times:

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
Thu Nov 9, Fri Nov 10, Sat Nov 11 at 8pm
Sun Nov 12 at 3:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Regular: Start at $43 | 65+: Start at $35 | 35 & Under: Start at $19


J.C. Bach              Symphony in G Minor, op. 6, no. 6
C.P.E. Bach         Symphony for strings in C Major, Wq 182/3
W.A. Mozart       Symphony no. 29 in A Major, K.201
W.A. Mozart       Rondo in A Minor for solo piano, K.511
W.A. Mozart       Concerto for piano no. 12 in A Major, K.414


Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its new Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

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