Naarden Internationaal Piano Festival

Artists

Aarón Ormaza Vera

Aarón Ormaza Vera

The Ecuadorian pianist Aarón Ormaza Vera obtained his bachelor’s degree in his home country in 2016 and then his second bachelor’s degree in 20202 with the renowned pedagogue Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is currently following a Masters in Amsterdam with Frank van de Laar. During his stay in Amsterdam he also […]

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Magdalena Ho

Magdalena Ho

Malaysian pianist Magdalene Ho was born in 2003 and started playing the piano at the age of four. In 2013 she began her studies with Patsy Toh at the Purcell School in Great Britain. In 2015, she received the ABRSM Sheila Mossman Prize and Silver Award. As part of a prize at the PIANALE piano

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Alexandra Kaptein

Alexandra Kaptein

Alexandra Kaptein (1999, Netherlands) studies piano / vocal rehearsal with Frank van de Laar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and works as an Associated Pianist at the Dutch National Opera Academy. She previously graduated cum laude from the ArtEZ Conservatory and her Masters from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and studied Music Theory at the Royal

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Emanuil Ivanov

Emanuil Ivanov

Emanuil Ivanov attracted international attention after winning first prize at the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. This achievement was followed by concert performances in some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Herculessaal in Munich. Emanuil Ivanov was born in 1998 in the city of Pazardzhik

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Damiën Heemskerk

Damiën Heemskerk

Damiën Heemskerk (2002) started playing the piano at the age of twelve. He took lessons with Elly van der Wallen and quickly developed his talent for the instrument. Since 2019 he has been studying at Codarts in Rotterdam with Bart van de Roer. He won prizes at the Princess Christina Competition, but also at the

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Nino Gvetadze

Nino Gvetadze

Nino Gvetadze started her studies in her birthplace Tbilisi (Georgia) and then studied in the Netherlands with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. In 2008, the pianist won the second prize, the press prize and the audience prize of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. Two years later she received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

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Alexander Gavrylyuk

Alexander Gavrylyuk

Alexander Gavrylyuk (1984) is internationally recognized for his exciting and poetic performances. He began his piano studies at the age of seven in his native Ukraine and gave his first concert performance at the age of nine. As an Australian citizen, he moved to Sydney at the age of 13, where he lived until 2006.

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Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of the most important piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical acclaim worldwide. Among his numerous awards are two Edisons, three Gramophone Awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee and the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. He regularly

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Paul Komen

Paul Komen

Paul studied piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn, where he graduated cum laude. He continued his studies with Hans Leygraf in Hanover, in New York with Gyorgy Sandor and in Bloomington with Gyorgy Sebok. In 1989 he made his US debut with recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and at

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As a little girl I walked with my mother in Naarden Vesting, on the way to the Turfpoortstraat, on the way to my grandmother. the buildings! The Spanish House, St Andrew’s Church! The former church building which was built by the Robert F.W. Bruinsma was converted into a concert hall. How did that happen?

In my youth I listened to the St Matthew Passion many times in the Grote Kerk in Naarden. My parents were both organizationally involved in these beautiful performances by the Netherlands Bach Society. At that time, the seeds were sown for my development in and love for music. After my childhood and schooling, my husband and I have done a lot of work abroad and have lived in France for 25 years. The music then came into the background a bit, but it never really left my head. My husband passed away in 2005.

During that period I started organizing piano concerts on our estate in France. It was a success! And it gave me the energy and the idea to take up that also in the Netherlands after I sold the estate. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, the Robert F.W. Bruinsma set up. The main objective of our foundation is to support young musicians, especially piano students, on their way to their future.

The Andreaskerk in the Turfpoortstraat in Naarden Vesting has been purchased with the aim of creating a home base for the activities of our foundation. After three years of renovation, we have transformed the former church into a small-scale concert hall. In the initial phase of the renovation I met the pianist Nino Gvetadze. She was introduced to me by Jan Wijn, a well-known piano pedagogue in the Netherlands. Nino and I had a few conversations and it soon became clear that we are on the same page regarding thoughts about music and youth. So Nino presented her plan to me. An idea to bring young top talent from the piano master’s program at the conservatories into contact with people who are important for their development on the way to their career. And this was the starting signal for the ‘Naarden International Piano Festival’. We are both very proud that it has come to this.

You have a dream but you have to dare to stick your neck out to make it come true. Persevere, don’t hesitate, go after your goal!
Music connects people!
We hope to connect students with master pianists!
With a small team of employees, we are doing our best to put this festival on the map for the future.
We hope to offer you as an audience a few days of beautiful music!

Hankie Bruinsma Verbrugh (December 14, 1946 – October 23, 2023)
Co-founder of the Naarden International Piano Festival
Founder and former chairman of the Robert F.W. Bruinsma Foundation

Hankie Bruinsma Verbrugh
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I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, country of beautiful landscapes and rich musical traditions.
Even though non of my family members were professional musicians, I discovered piano from an early age. I loved composing little Waltzes and by the time when I was 5, I could already present a modest recital at the entrance exam of the Tbilisi Music School. Since that moment I have been blessed with the most inspiring teachers and possibilities to learn and develop, therefore, despite the turbulent years in my homeland, my first musical steps were full of interesting experiences.

For my Master’s degree I moved to the Netherlands and soon made my second home in Amsterdam, magical city, that charmed me from the first sight. During my studies I was honoured to have won the National Piano Competition (YPF) and later became a laureate of the Franz Liszt Piano Competition followed by the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Award. These awards opened many doors to the concert halls all around the world.

I love playing solo recitals, where I can tell a personal story, as well as piano concertos and chamber music: to be inspired and communicate with other musicians is an incredible experience.

Making an album is always a magical moment, that’s probably where I become most demanding and honest. With every record I have been telling the stories, that are in a certain way connected to the certain stage of my life.

A few years ago I co-founded a piano festival in Naarden, that became a meeting point for pianists of different generations. I also lead the Delft Chamber Music Festival, where we celebrate the beauty of music and tell interesting stories annually, together with wonderful musicians.

I enjoy teaching my students at the Rotterdam Conservatory and giving master classes as well as listening as a Jury member to the young talented pianists at the International Competitions.

Being on stage and filling the room with a golden tone of a grand piano – that’s what I love the most in my profession, those moments when we get a chance to stop the time in the concert halls and communicate with our audience through the sound of music.

Hope to see you all in Naarden!

Nino Gvetadze
Pianist / Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Naarden International Piano Festival