David Kuyken received his training from Karel Hilsum, Ton Hartsuiker and with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He also took masterclasses with Leon Fleisher and György Sebök. During his studies he made his debut in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He was prize winner at the Tromp Concours in Eindhoven and in 1990 he took second place at the International Piano competition at Santander in Spain. He also received the prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music.
David Kuyken is a multi-faceted pianist. He has played with various orchestras in The Netherlands and abroad, under conductors such as Comissiona, Montgomery, Haenchen, Lazarjev, Ros Marbá, Jóo, Vis, Porcelijn and Spanjaard. In 2001, together with his duo partner Brenno Ambrosini, he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Hans Vonk. His solo debut with this orchestra followed in 2003.
As well as recitals David Kuyken has also given chamber music concerts in various combinations at home and abroad. He has performed regularly with violinists Janine Jansen and Ilya Grubert and with the Prazak and Mandelring String Quartet. He can be heard regularly on Dutch radio.
CDs have been released with the piano concertos by Ton de Leeuw, Kees van Baaren and Jurriaan Andriessen. His solo CDs with Dutch composers and piano sonatas by Schubert have been received with great acclaim in the press. Recordings with the works of Brahms and a CD with works by Reger, Liszt and Franck are scheduled.
For more then a decade David Kuyken has programmed his own chamber music series in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, also broadcasting on radio. Interesting and extremely creative programming has made this series a great success, and many of these concerts where also presented in other large venues in The Netherlands.
David Kuyken is principal study teacher in piano at the conservatoires in Amsterdam and The Hague. He is in demand as a jury member at competitions, and gives regular masterclasses in The Netherlands and abroad.
Born in Milan in 1966, Luca Chiantore studied piano and composition at the “G.Verdi” Conservatory of his birthplace, coinciding with Emilia Crippa Stradella, Alexander Lonquich, Franco Scala and Emilia Fadini, amongst others. The winner of numerous national and international contests between 1985 and 1991, in his youth he developed an intense concert activity, which led him to perform as a soloist in different countries of Europe, America and Asia.
With a doctorate in musicology from Barcelona Autonomous University, his research activity is based on the history of musical performance, with special attention on the instrumental music of the 19th-century. Among the results of this activity are his Historia de la técnica pianística (History of piano technique), published in 2001, and the only existing study on Beethoven’s keyboard exercises, Beethoven al piano: improvisación, composición e investigación sonora en sus ejercicios técnicos (Beethoven at the piano: improvisation, composition and sound research in his keyboard exercises), published in 2010. In cooperation with Áurea Domínguez and Silvia Martínez, he is also the author of the only style manual about how to write on music in Spanish, that will be published in 2011. He is currently working on a text of the theory of musical performance.
He founded Musikeon in 2003, the only Spanish company of musicology services. Within the framework of Musikeon’s multiple activities, Luca Chiantore personally directs the “Nuevas Miradas” Project, dedicated to experimental musical performance, the Nortesur Musikeon book collection in cooperation with Silvia Martínez and the Annual Courses of Piano Analysis and Performance of Valencia (Spain), which are the centre of his pedagogical activity. These courses, which have trained some of the most brilliant pianists in Spain and Latin America, have recently received the cooperation of figures of the like of Alicia de Larrocha, Lazar Berman, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Dimitri Bashkirov, Leslie Howard, Ton Koopman, Mischa Maisky, Frederic Rzewski, Eero Tarasti, Piero Rattalino, Clive Brown and Barry Cooper. Since October 2001, he has also taught Theory of Performance in the Higher School of Music of Catalonia. www.lucachiantore.com