Christiaan Kuyvenhoven

Pianist & presenter Christiaan Kuyvenhoven (1985) is one of the most creative musicians of his generation. He produces his own concert formats, presents international music competitions, and is a highly experienced broadcaster. In all his work, he strives to inspire his audience with classical music in a meaningful, communicative, and personal way.

Christiaan’s concert career got kickstarted after winning the 3rd Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 2005. As a result, he has performed all over the world. Highlights include a recital at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, performances of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Second Piano Concerto’ and Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and appearances 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. He also worked with conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Otto Tausk and Jean-Bernhard Pommier; playing with orchestra’s such as the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, the Dutch National Student Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of the Ukraine. As a chamber musician, Christiaan has played with the Matangi Quartet, mezzo soprano Tania Kross, pianists Thomas Beijer and Nicolas van Poucke, violinist Lonneke van Straalen and cellist Anton Spronk.

As a presenter, Christiaan is involved with numerous international music competitions. This includes Liszt Utrecht, the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, the Horowitz Competition, and the Young Pianists Foundation. Annually, during the summer series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts post concert interviews with classical music stars such as Yuja Wang, Gustavo Gimeno, Iván Fischer, Abel Selaocoe, Joyce Didonato and Antonio Pappano. Furthermore, he has presented numerous ‘At the movies’ concerts, and regularly appears as a support act for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christiaan is a highly experienced radio, television and content maker. From 2013-2020 he had his own daily show on Dutch national radio. In 2021 he published the podcast ‘The maestro with the knitting needle’ in which he explores the profession of conducting by learning Mahler’s ‘5th Symphony’. Because of its success, Christiaan was asked by Lannoo Publishers to write a book of the same name, which was published in February 2024.

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‘Stories help to understand music better: they open the magical time capsule that a piece of music is.”

Christiaan is also active in theatres. With his show ‘Cosima’ he 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 from 2023 Christiaan has started his studies in orchestral conducting. He follows lessons with Jurjen Hempel, Arjan Tien and Ed Spanjaard. As a pianist, Christiaan was educated at ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede by Michail Markov. He attended summers schools in Kiev and New York, and – amongst others – followed masterclasses with Leslie Howard, Mitsuko Uchida, and Dominique Merlet.