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His train of thought is pure poetry. He seems to stop time and has a phenomenal sense of timing. With his playing he gives a glimpse into his soul."
This can be read in the jury report of the Grachtenfestival Prize about pianist Nikola Meeuwsen, who was awarded this prize in August 2022.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.
He has played with the Residentie Orkest several times. Last season he performed the solo part in Clara Schumann's piano concerto.
On April 24, 2020, Avrotros presented his debut CD with works by Schumann, Scriabin, Brahms and Bach.
Nikola Meeuwsen (2002) performed with both the Residentie Orkest and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in the Main Hall of the 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, Thomas Beijer and Enrico Pace.
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!
In 2022 he played at the Gwyl Machynlleth Festival in Wales, at the invitation of the pianist and artistic director Julius Drake.
Nikola Meeuwsen studies with Marlies van Gent and Enrico Pace at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola and at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel in Brussels (Waterloo) with Frank Braley and Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
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 Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF) has loaned Nikola a beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano.