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

My way of programming

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Meet Daria

Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is a multiple prize winning artist. Daria is widely celebrated for her ‘musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity’ (Gramophone), as well as regarded ‘a model for musicians of the future’ (Jury Amsterdam Art Prize).

Daria’s Handel, Mozart and Scarlatti albums for SONY Classical had the press writing about ‘mixture of joy and lightness’, ‘allowing expressive freedoms and poetic emotiveness’. Her album with Scarlatti sonatas was nominated for an Edison 2018.

Daria’s viral TED Talk was named “Top Pick of 2014” reached over a million views and led to the start of the Keys to Music Foundation.

In 2020/2021/2022 Daria performed together with the Dutch Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, Camerata Ireland in Ireland, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Szeczin Philharmonic orchestra.  She earlier made her debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ton Koopman and 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, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl and the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathon Heyward.

As a recitalist, Daria enjoyed recent recital debuts at Barbican Hall and Kings Place in London, the New Ross Piano Festival/Wesport Chamber Music/Clandeboye Festivals Ireland, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Wonderfeel/Delft Chamber/Oranjewoud Festivals in NL, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Konzerthaus Vienna. Daria has made frequent appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

In 2016 Daria founded the Keys to Music Foundation. This foundation seeks a new audience for classical music through artistic and educational projects. It’s latest project is the Piano Biennale, an international piano and music festival in The Netherlands which held its first edition in 2021 despite the Covid epidemic. It is worldwide the first piano festival in which different art forms work together in unique productions with the piano at its core.

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 and the prestigious Amsterdam Art Prize 2012. Daria is a Steinway Artist.

Calendar

oktober 7, 2022

vrijdag

Kursaal

Manresa, Spain

Israel Galvan's Seises

Soler and Scarlatti (harpsichord)

oktober 20, 2022

donderdag

tba

Madrid, Spain

Israel Galvan's Seises

Soler and Scarlatti (harpsichord)

oktober 21, 2022

vrijdag

tba

Madrid, Spain

Israel Galvan's Seises

Soler and Scarlatti (harpsichord)

oktober 30, 2022

zondag

kasteel Daelenbroeck

Herkenbosch, The Netherlands

Solo Recital

Suite Imaginaire: Debussy, Rachmaninov, Liszt

november 10, 2022

donderdag

tba

Florence, Italy

La Consagración de la Primavera/ The Rite of Spring IGC

Stravinsky/De Falla with Gerard Bouwhuis

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— De Telegraaf
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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.

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.