Daria van den Bercken

Pianist


Celebrated for the fresh way she brings piano music to new life, Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is regarded ‘a model for musicians of the future’. 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 van den Bercken, pianist – New Ross Piano Festival – Photo Sophia van den Hoek

Daria’s Handel and Mozart recordings for Sony Classical International had the press singing her praises for her ‘mixture of joy and lightness’, ‘musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity.’ ‘Allowing expressive freedoms and poetic emotiveness’, Daria could ‘hold the keys to Mozart’s music in her hands.’

2017 has seen her anticipated third recording for Sony, conceived with an innovative audiovisual statement about the music of Scarlatti. This Cd was nominated for the Edison Audience Award 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. In her recordings and personal initiatives she enjoys shining a light on specific composers and collaborating with artists in other fields, something she regards as similar to playing chamber music, in reaching new insights together.

Orchestral collaborations

In 2017 Daria made her debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ton Koopman and recently 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 and with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.

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. In 2016-17, the Keys to Mozart programme on “Elegance” toured successfully with the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathon Heyward. In december 2019 she will perform Mozart together with the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague.

Solo and chamber music

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 Ireland, Baroque Conversations series in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Konzerthaus Vienna.

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. 2018 has seen a Scarlatti recital tour in the Netherlands with concerts amongst other cities in The Hague, Eindhoven and Maastricht.

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, both as soloist and as chamber musician, and the prestigious Amsterdam Prize in 2012, and has featured in a weekly series about classical music on prime time Dutch television. Daria is a Steinway Artist.

Keys to Music Foundation

In 2016, Daria founded the Keys to Music Foundation, embracing the world outside her own field of musical expertise as an inspiration for future projects. Universities, companies and international stages alike have embraced her Talk & Play programme on opening up and listening without prejudice. Her TED talk Why I take the piano on the road… and in the air was endorsed by the global TED community as ‘One of the most powerful ideas of 2014’, reaching close to a million viewers.

 

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“With musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity.”

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