Pianist Thomas Beijer has been awarded the ‘Nederlandse Muziekprijs’. The jury praises him for his versatility, his dedication and musical empathy. ‘The listener hears a gifted and virtuoso pianist, but Beijer also knows how to bring to life the thoughts of a composer, a kindred spirit,’ says the jury report. ‘He not only plays the work, but also lets us hear the story behind it.’
Thomas Beijer will receive the prize on 17 February in De Oosterpoort, Groningen, where he will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Noord Nederlands Orkest conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen.
Thomas Beijer studied with Jan Wijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating with the highest distinction in 2011.
The Nederlandse Muziekprijs is the most important prize awarded to young talented musicians in the Netherlands. It is awarded by the 'Fonds Podiumkunsten' (Performing Arts Fund), on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Previous winners include Sebastiaan Kemner, Lucie Horsch, Dominique Vleeshouwers, Remy van Kesteren, Lavinia Meijer, Maria Milstein and Hannes Minnaar, all CvA alumni.