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Rare piano talent: Nikola Meeuwsen

Nikola Meeuwsen (2002) is one of the most notable young pianists in the Netherlands. The Dutch daily NRC regarded him as 'a talent to keep an eye on.'

In August 2022 Nikola received the Grachtenfestival Prize 2022 in Amsterdam, giving him a programming carte blanche in the 2023 edition of the festival.

The Concertgebouw has awarded him The Concertgebouw Young Talent Award 2019. In 2014 he won the Royal Concertgebouw Competition, and in 2012 the Steinway Competition.

He has played with the Residentie Orkest (The Hague Symphony) several times, 2021 he performed the solo part in Clara Schumann's piano concerto.

On April 24, 2020, Avrotros presented his debut CD with works by Schumann, Scriabin, Brahms and Bach, alongside a documentary on national television.

Nikola Meeuwsen gives concerts at home and abroad. He performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, where he will do a solo recital in 2024. He has given solo recitals in Milan, Bologna, Trieste, Faro and Imola. He played chamber music with the Matangi Quartet, violinist Alexander Kerr and viola player Vladimir Mendelssohn. Nikola formed piano duos with Igor Roma, Anna Fedorova, Thomas Beijer and Enrico Pace.

Nikola Meeuwsen is a regular guest at festivals. He has played in the Storioni Festival, the Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, the International Chamber Music Festival Ede, Festival Classique and in the new festival Classical NOW! In 2022 he played at the Gwyl Machynlleth Festival in Wales, on invitation of the pianist and artistic director Julius Drake.

Nikola Meeuwsen studies with Marlies van Gent and  Enrico Pace at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola and at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel in Brussels (Waterloo) with Frank Braley and Avedis Kouyoumdjian.

Nikola attended masterclasses with Jacques Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Matti Raekallio, Ruth Nye, Edith Fischer, Jerome Rose and Dominique Merlet.

Horowitz, Schnabel, Sofronitsky, Cziffra, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Volodos and Gould are the pianists he prefers to listen to. After listening to Rachmaninov's third piano concert with Vladimir Horowitz, Nikola knew he wanted to become a pianist.

The Dutch National Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF) has kindly given Nikola a beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano on loan.

Nikola Meeuwsen: Talent Profile

Brahms Intermezzi on Dutch national television

Pianist Nikola Meeuwsen (18) plays Brahms's 'Three Intermezzi'. The recordings took place in the context of the talent project of Dutch national broadcaster 'AVROTROS Klassiek presents!', in which young classical talents are given the opportunity to record their debut CD.

For the full documentary on Nikola click here

Nikola Meeuwsen: Video
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