Pianist & presenter Christiaan Kuyvenhoven (1985) is one of the most creative classical musicians of his generation. Under the motto ‘great music, great stories’ he puts together concert programs and concepts that make classical music appealing for a broad audience. He strives to inspire his audience in a meaningful, communicative, and personal way. He does so on the concert stage as well as in theaters, on radio & tv and online.
Christiaan’s concert career got a kickstart after winning the 3rd Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 2005. As a result, he has performed solo concerts all over the world. 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. In 2016 he performed a special solo with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pique Dame’ at the Dutch National Opera. Furthermore, he worked with conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Otto Tausk and Jean-Bernhard Pommier, performing with the Radio Filharmonisch Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, the Dutch National Student Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of the Ukraine.
Christiaan is also active in theaters. With his show ‘Cosima’ in 2013, Christiaan introduced a unique format in which he combines classical music with a theatre monologue. “Kuyvenhoven is not only a highly gifted pianist, but also a natural born storyteller”, the newspapers wrote. The Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung and the Wagner Society of the Netherlands rewarded him in 2014 with the Wagner Stipendium Prize. Thereafter, he successfully adapted ‘The Coper Garden’ by Dutch novelist Simon Vestdijk for the stage. In 2019-2021 he toured The Netherlands with actor Hans Dagelet and viola player Esther Apituley with the absurd music theater show ‘Kabarett Dapitulet’.
As a presenter and content maker, Christiaan has produced several unique titles. In 2021 he published the podcast ‘The Maestro with the Needle’. In it, under the guidance of maestros Ed Spanjaard and Antony Hermus, he explores the profession of conducting by learning Mahler’s 5th Symphony. A year before, he made the weekly YouTube-series ‘#Beethoven250 in 052 posts’ to celebrate the Beethoven year. From 2013-2020 Christiaan presented his own radio show on Dutch national radio.