Piano, Harpsichord & Fortepiano
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, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London.
Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Collegium Vocale, and Dunedin Consort .
He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter and Mark Padmore.
In the 2019-20 season, Kristian play-directs programmes with the Handel & Haydn Society, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Kammerorchester Basel as well as Freiburger Barockorchester and the English Concert. He features as a Portrait Artist for the 19-20 season at BOZAR and is Artist in Residence at Köln Philharmonie. He has recitals and chamber music performances with Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore, Benjamin Appl, Carolyn Sampson in concert halls and festivals in Seattle, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid and Salzburg.
Conductor, cellist & keyboardist
Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse activities as baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Music Director of Les Violons du Roy, Artistic Director of Tetbury Festival and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
During the 19-20 season he makes return visits to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra and debuts with the Handel and Haydn Society, Lucerne and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and the Scottish Ensemble. He tours the USA with Les Violons du Roy and continues his collaboration with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Jonathan founded Arcangelo in 2010, who strive to perform high quality and specially created projects. He has toured with them to exceptional halls and festivals including Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival and Carnegie Hall New York.
Harpsichord & Conductor
Trevor Pinnock is renowned world-wide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered the modern revival of early music performance with his orchestra, The English Concert which he founded in 1972.
Since 2003 he has divided his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects at the Royal Academy of Music where he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Concert Orchestra.
He regularly works with the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Deutsche Kammerphiharmonie Bremen and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Frequent chamber music partners include flautist Emmanuel Pahud, viola da gamba player Jonathan Manson and violinists Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott.
Two new recordings will be released later this year; Book One of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, and a unique arrangement of the Goldberg Variations by Józef Koffler with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.
Trevor Pinnock was awarded a CBE in 1992 and an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. He is also a recipient of the Wigmore Medal, the York Early Music Centre Lifetime Achievement Award and honorary doctorates from the universities of London, Ottawa, Sheffield and Canterbury.
Conductors & Harpsichord
Irish-born Peter Whelan is among the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, with a remarkable career as a conductor, keyboardist and solo bassoonist. He is Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas.
As conductor, Peter has a passion for exploring and championing neglected music from the Baroque era. Recent projects funded by The Arts Council (Ireland) and Creative Scotland involved recreating and staging live performances of choral and symphonic music from eighteenth-century Dublin and Edinburgh. This led to his award-winning disc ‘Edinburgh 1742’ for Linn Records and his 2017 reconstruction of the ‘Irish State Musick’ in its original venue of Dublin Castle.
A regular collaborator with Irish National Opera, Peter begins the 2019/20 season with performances of Vivaldi’s Griselda with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, returning in May for Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Further engagements with the Irish Baroque Orchestra include performances at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, productions of Handel’s Messiah, and an Ireland Tour with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. This season also sees Peter making his debut with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as enjoying a residency at Wigmore Hall with Ensemble Marsyas.
Peter is “as exciting a live wire as Ireland has produced in the world of period performance” (Irish Times). His artistic direction in live performance and the recording studio has been praised for its “stylish verve” (BBC Music Magazine), its “exuberance and elegance” (Irish Examiner), and its “slick tempi, grit and character” (Golden Plec).