For Kristian Bezuidenhout, "Mozart is the most important musical figure in my life: there’s absolutely no question about that.” No question, either, that it is a joy to welcome the acclaimed pianist and director back to the SCO. He pairs a flamboyant, joyous symphony by his idol with arguably his most emotionally complex piano concerto. Opening the concert is a brilliant rarity by a composer Mozart himself adored: CPE Bach, JS Bach’s extrovert, second eldest son. Filled with a devil-may-care wildness, explosive drama and sheer panache, this is music that never fails to thrill and surprise.
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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. He made his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2016, having previously appeared in chamber concerts at the East Neuk Festival in 2014.