With musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity

Gramophone

A model for musicians of the future

Jury Amsterdam Prize for the Art

She holds the keys to Mozart’s work

Volkskrant

I like to embrace the music and change the context

Daria

Van den Bercken knows how to lift communication to an art form

Financieel Dagblad

My way of programming

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Meet Daria

Celebrated for the fresh way she brings piano music to new life, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is regarded ‘a model for musicians of the future’.

As a 2016 Artist-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, she presented all the aspects of her successful approach, both in recital and concerto performance, and also in educational and social outreach.

Daria’s Handel and Mozart recordings for Sony Classical International had the press singing her praises for her ‘mixture of joy and lightness’, ‘musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity.’ ‘Allowing expressive freedoms and poetic emotiveness’, Daria could ‘hold the keys to Mozart’s music in her hands.’

‘Refined and technically awe-inspiring renderings’ – Trouw

Daria explores the whole spectrum of the piano repertoire, as a soloist in concert halls and major festivals and through her passionate commitment to chamber music. In her recordings and personal initiatives she enjoys shining a light on specific composers and collaborating with artists in other fields, something she regards as similar to playing chamber music, in reaching new insights together.

Orchestral collaborations

In 2017 Daria made her debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ton Koopman and recently with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Stefan Asbury, the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra and Roberto Beltran-Zavala and with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Arvo Volmer. Previous appearances include the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Shi-Yeon Sung and JoAnn Falletta, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph Poppen and with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.

In 2016-17, her conceived programme on “Elegance” – part of her Keys to Mozart project – toured successfully with the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathon Heyward.

Solo and chamber music

As a recitalist, Daria has made frequent appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and enjoyed recent recital debuts at Baroque Unwrapped in Kings Place and the It’s all about Piano Festival in London, the New Ross Piano Festival Ireland, Baroque Conversations series in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Konzerthaus Vienna.

In 2017, together with pianist Frank Braley, Daria devised a two piano programme at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. With the combined creative forces of film, new compositions, stage design and the input of a philosopher, the project explored “Playfulness”, another key aspect of Keys to Mozart.

Daria studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Menahem Pressler and Leonard Hokanson and at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Mila Baslawskaja and Naum Grubert. She won the Dutch Classical Talent Award in 2006 and 2008, both as soloist and as chamber musician, and the prestigious Amsterdam Prize in 2012, and has featured in a weekly series about classical music on prime time Dutch television. Daria is a Steinway Artist.

Calendar

September 11, 2017

Monday

tbd

tbd

Recording sessions

for Sony Classical International

September 23, 2017

Saturday

’t Mosterdzaadje

Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands

Scarlatti

Recital

September 29, 2017

Friday

Stadsgehoorzaal

Leiden, The Netherlands

Scarlatti

Recital

October 1, 2017

Sunday

To be announced

’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Scarlatti

Recital

October 21, 2017

Saturday

To be announced

Heemstede, The Netherlands

Scarlatti

Recital

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Impassioned renderings’

— Trouw
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Media

Why I take the piano on the road… and in the air

Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music – while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

Handel – Keyboard Suite in d minor HWV 428

Daria van den Bercken, piano
Recorded live on June 13th 2013, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No.2, Second movement

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra – Stefan Asbury, conductor
Daria van den Bercken, piano
Recorded live February 19th 2016, Seoul Arts Center, South Korea

Grieg – Lyric Pieces op. 54, No.4 ‘Nottorno’

Daria van den Bercken, piano
Live recording for television series ‘De Tiende van Tijl’

A Handel Surprise

Video as part of Daria’s TEDxAmsterdam Talk A State of Wonder. A good-humoured illustration of the diversity of people’s reactions to one and the same piece.