Nikola Meeuwsen (2002) is profiling himself as one of the most notable young pianists in the Netherlands. The Concertgebouw has awarded him The Concertgebouw Young Talent Award 2019. The NRC Handelsblad called him a talent to keep an eye on. In 2014 he won the Royal Concertgebouw Competition, and in 2012 the Steinway Competition.
Nikola Meeuwsen gives concerts at home and abroad. He recently performed with the Residentie Orkest in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He has given solo recitals in Milan, Bologna, Trieste, Faro and Imola. He played chamber music with the Matangi Quartet, violinist Alexander Kerr and viola player Vladimir Mendelssohn. He formed a piano duo with Igor Roma, Anna Fedorova and Thomas Beijer.
Nikola Meeuwsen is a regular guest at festivals. He has played in the Storioni Festival, the Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, the International Chamber Music Festival Ede, Festival Classique and in the new festival Classical NOW!
Nikola Meeuwsen studies with Marlies van Gent at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since 2015 he also receives monthly lessons from Enrico Pace at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola. Nikola took master classes with Jacques Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Matti Raekallio, Ruth Nye, Edith Fischer, Jerome Rose and Dominique Merlet.
Horowitz, Schnabel, Sofronitsky, Cziffra, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Volodos and Gould are the pianists he prefers to listen to. After listening to Rachmaninov's third piano concert with Vladimir Horowitz, Nikola knew he wanted to become a pianist.
"The 16-year old pianist Nikola Meeuwsen proved in the Fourth Sonata of Skrjabin why he deserves the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Effortlessly he evoked the enchantment and rapture of the starry night, which inspired the composer. "
The NRC January 16, 2019