Christiaan Kuyvenhoven

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Christiaan Kuyvenhoven is a Dutch pianist and presenter. In 2005 he won third prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. As a result, he has played many concerts both in the Netherlands and abroad. Highlights included a recital at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing; his debut in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and concerts at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. His performances at the music festival Lowlands and the Utrecht Boat Parade were spectacular and helped him to reach a large and diverse audience. In 2009, a performance in honour of the Dutch Queen's 70th birthday was broadcasted live on Dutch television from the Carré theatre in Amsterdam 

As a child, his role in the opera Madame Butterfly by Puccini made an everlasting impression on him. Soon after, Christiaan started violin lessons and took up choir singing but it was from 1996 onwards that he settled on the piano and studied with Mikhail Markov at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede. He has attended master classes with Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida and Leslie Howard; worked with conductors such as Jaap van Sweden, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Otto Tausk and performed in concerts alongside mezzo-soprano Tania Kross and the Matangi Quartet.

Christiaan regularly presents television and radio programs for Dutch broadcasting corporations. His self-composed program 'Premiere' was broadcasted in November 2011 by the NTR. He has featured in documentaries about the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Baroque master Jordi Savall, the Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and fellow pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk. He has also presented the Dutch youth series "Muziek Klassiek" and "De Avond van de Jonge Musicus". In 2010 he was a regular television panel member for the Belgian channel VRT at the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

In 2013, Christiaan released his CD Liszt and the Great Italians, completed the second episode of the TV show Première and premiered his theatre production Cosima.


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