About the Artists
Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter’s career spans more than three decades at the very top of her profession in opera, concert, and recital. She remains one of today’s most recorded artists, and her project range from iconic operatic roles, to collaborations with legendary artists from Claudio Abbado and Giuseppe Sinopoli to Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright III and string quartet Brooklyn Rider.
Equally recognized on the opera stage and as a concert and recital singer of exceptional gifts, Anne Sofie von Otter’s career has taken her around the globe as a regular presence on the world’s most important stages excelling in a diverse repertoire including works by Mahler, Berlioz, Bach and Kurt Weill and her expansive Lieder recordings range from classics by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf and Mahler, through lesser-known compilations from Cécile Chaminade, Korngold, Peterson-Bergen and Stenhammar.
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. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
The duo’s International Artist Series Performance will use the Graf(Rieger) Fortepiano from Schubert Club’s historic keyboard collection.