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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Superstar fortepianist performs Mozart masterpieces on the BEMF concert stage on Friday, February 21, 2014 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

ARTIST: Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano (South Africa)
WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
PROGRAM:  Music of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

C.P.E. Bach: Rondo in C minor, Wq. 59/4, from für Kenner und Liebhaber
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Suite in C major, K. 399
with completion of the Sarabande by Robert D. Levin
Mozart: Meneutt D, K. 355
Mozart: Gigue in G, K. 574                
Bach: Sonata in E minor, Wq. 59/1, fromfür Kenner und Liebhaber
Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Mozart: Prelude and Fugue in C major, K 394
Sonata in A major, K. 331, Ronda alla Turca
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, $66, and $100 each, and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.

Heralded as “Mozart reincarnated” for his “rare rhetorical and poetic gifts” by De Telegraaf, superstar fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout returns to the BEMF concert stage in a evening of intimate music by Mozart alongside two pieces by C.P.E. Bach at New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall. A favorite of BEMF audiences, Bezuidenhout brings his virtuosity and nuance to a brilliant program showcasing Mozart’s wide array of compositional gifts and headlined by Mozart’s Sonata in A major, K. 331, with its thrilling Ronda alla Turca finale. The artist will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7pm in Williams Hall at New England Conservatory.

Kristian Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. He has since been a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concerto Köln, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director. Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing at many of the world’s most important concert halls and music festivals.

S ince 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recordings include Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans, and four volumes of the complete keyboard music of Mozart. Bezuidenhout was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2013 Award for Concerto Recording of the Year (Mozart Concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) and nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2013. The current season will see him make appearances with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Arcangelo at the Tetbury Festival, as well as a play-direct program with Tafelmusik. Recitals include Zankel Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, the Boston Early Music Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and Oji Hall Tokyo, and the complete Mozart Sonatas at the Mozart Woche.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email