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

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

Financieel Dagblad

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).

Her passion is to actively reach as many people as possible, enticing both classical music lovers and new audiences alike. 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 albums for SONY Classical had the press writing about ‘mixture of joy and lightness’, ‘allowing expressive freedoms and poetic emotiveness’.

Daria’s latest album with Scarlatti sonatas for SONY Classical was nominated for an Edison 2018. 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.

Daria’s viral Global TED Talk was named “Top Pick of 2014” and led to multiple invitations to major orchestras, recital halls and conferences and businesses like GES 2019, Roche, ABN AMRO and PINC Sarasota.

In 2019 Daria joined violinist and conductor Scott Yoo on the prime time broadcasted program “Now Hear This” on PBS.

In 2019/2020 Daria will perform together with the Dutch Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, Camerata Ireland in Ireland, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and The Mexico City 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 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/Wesport Chamber Music/Clandeboye Festivals Ireland, Baroque Conversations series in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Wonderfeel/Delft Chamber/Oranjewoud Festivals in NL, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Konzerthaus Vienna.

In 2016 Daria founded the Keys to Music Foundation. This foundation seeks a new audience for classical music through artistic and educational projects. One of Daria’s latest projects focuses on specific aspects in Mozart’s music, seen in a larger concert perspective. She makes audiences appreciate that we encounter universal aspects in Mozart’s music in our daily lives too. Her Keys to Mozart programme on “Elegance” toured succesfully.

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 Mozart’s music.

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

December 15, 2019

Sunday

Theater De Veste

Delft

Recital

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Scarlatti

December 20, 2019

Friday

De Nieuwe Kerk

Den Haag

With Residentie Orchestra

Bach d minor concerto + Handel Organ Concerto op. 7 no.5 (arr. Wijnand van Klaveren/DvdB)

December 29, 2019

Sunday

BIMhuis

Amsterdam

Brokken Festival

Scarlatti

January 16, 2020

Thursday

Musis Stadstheater

Arnhem

with Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven

January 17, 2020

Friday

De Vereeniging

Nijmegen

with Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven

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Fully alive to every startling modulation and abrupt change of direction’

— Gramophone
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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.