© Sarah Wijzenbeek
There comes a time for young musicians when they graduate and are about to start independent lives in search of their true identities.
This moment has been a turning point for many of us, as we were about to make our own choices, without the guidance of our teachers. As a young independent musician you are the one to choose the repertoire for your future recitals, build a network around you, find the interesting opportunities and the way to keep on growing and developing. For some of the students the transition happens naturally, but many of them need more opportunities and possibilities to create their own network.
Even though we have incredible amount of music competitions around the world and some of them are truly creative and help young artists to develop and give them opportunities to play around the world, I still think, that music is not about competing and we should be able to recognise a talent without the list of many prizes in their biographies.
As a young girl, I had my heroes, pianists, that I admired, but never dared to go near them, as they were completely out of my reach. Time has passed and I personally met some of my heroes and learned so much from them, in a simple conversation and especially while listening to them very closely.
Some time ago I started thinking , what if we could actually create an event, a festival, where young talented pianists could actually meet their heroes, a festival, where there are no sides, but one unity, where young can learn from the experienced and perform on the same stage.
Thanks to Hankie Bruinsma Verbrugh this idea took shape and found it’s home in Naarden, in a beautiful little concert hall “Bij Andreas”, where we’ll host the Naarden International Piano Festival in May 2019 for the first time.
Hopefully the Festival will create many interesting possibilities for young talented musicians and will establish itself as a yearly event celebrating classical music.
Hope to see you all in Naarden!
Artistic Director of the Naarden International Piano Festival.