Hi, my name is

Christiaan
Kuyvenhoven

I'm an international award winning

concert pianist & presenter

As a concert pianist & presenter it is my passion to open up the world of classical music to a variety of audiences. 

Sharing knowledge, joy and love for classical music is my guiding principle in creating engaging performances, presentations and interviews.

I produce my own formats and work for concert halls, orchestra’s, international music competitions and broadcasting companies.

My piano career was kickstarted after winning the 3rd prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, NL. Since, I have performed all over the world, including with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Jaap van Zweden, Otto Tausk, and Jean-Bernhard Pommier.

As a presenter – fluent in English – I’m regularly involved with international music competitions such as ICCR, Liszt Utrecht, and the Horowitz Competition. For the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, I’m a recurring support act for their concerts with Lorenzo Viotti and others. Annually, during the summer series of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, I interview classical music stars such as Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Iván Fischer, Renaud Capuçon & Yuja Wang.

Storytelling is very important for me. Since 2013 I have therefor produced theatre shows, film concerts, and radio broadcasts. My podcast De maestro met de breinaald (The maestro with the knitting needle) was nominated for a Dutch Podcast Award, and will be followed up by a book in 2024 to be published by Lannoo.

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Book release! (Dutch)

The maestro with the knitting needle

Pa-pa-pa-paaa! As a twelve-year-old boy, Christiaan heard Mahler’s Fifth Symphony for the first time. The piece never left him. The leaps of the trumpet! The triumphant strings! And on the record sleeve a man in white tie, with his back to the audience and a baton in his hand. Little Christiaan imitated him for hours, his grandmother’s knitting needle in his hand, until he could make the cymbals blare on command – bravo to the maestro with the knitting needle!

Twenty-five years later, Christiaan’s fascination with the baton remains. In The maestro with the knitting needle (in Dutch), he travels through centuries of musical history. He takes you on tour through Europe, with the great orchestral conductors of the past and present as his traveling companions.

“The passion of this virtuoso all-rounder splashes from every word. Christiaan drags you along on his personal journey of discovery right through music history. His fire, talent and inspiration are infectious and even moving. Irresistible!”

– Arthur Japin, writer

When

Agenda
2024

Feb
2
NedPho, support act
Leonard Elschenbroich
TAQA Theater De Vest, Alkmaar (NL)
Tickets
Feb
18
Tompouce, music café - with
Nicolas van Poucke & Tosca Opdam
PHIL Haarlem (NL)
Tickets
Feb
26
De maestro met de breinaald
Book presentation
Interview by Chazia Mourali
NedPho-Koepel, Amsterdam (NL)
Invitation only
Mar
17
Tompouce, music café - with
Krystl & Kobus Groen
PHIL Haarlem (NL)
Tickets
May
10 & 12
NedPho, support act
Lucas & Arthur Jussen
Concertgebouw Amsterdam (NL)
Tickets
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Photo by Maarten Kools
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