SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2018 | 20:15


Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No.2 in C minor BWV 826

César Franck
Prélude, Choral et Fugue FWV 21

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42

Samuel Barber
Sonata in E-flat minor Op.26

The 16-year-old Aidan Mikdad, one of Netherlands’ most promising young pianists and winner of the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award in 2017, performs a varied programme with works by a.o. César Franck and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Aidan Mikdad (Amsterdam, 2001) started to play the piano when he was already 10 years old, but soon developed to become one of the greatest piano talents nowadays.

In 2013 he won the First Prize at the Royal Concertgebouw Competition, in 2014 he won the First Prize at the International Piano Competition of Lagny-sur-Marne, in 2015 he received the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Scholarship which was conceded to him by Hélène Grimaud, and in 2016 he won the First Prize at the Premio Internazionale Pianistico “Alexander Scriabin” Competition. In 2016 he also received the “Tabor Foundation Piano Award” which was conceded to him by the prestigious Verbier Festival as a recognition of his promising talent.

Aidan received advice from many renowned pianists, including Ferenc Rados, Sergei Babayan, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jonathan Biss, Nelson Goerner, Enrico Pace, Jorge-Luis Prats, Alexander Gavrylyuk and András Schiff among many others, and he played solo recitals Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switserland.

Some of last-years’ highlights include a recital performance at the Verbier Festival Academy, his debut at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and the performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Wonderfeel Orchestra conducted by Johannes Leertouwer which was broadcast live on Dutch Radio. In April 2016 he made his debut in the Grote Zaal of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 with the Sinfonia Rotterdam conducted by Conrad van Alphen. In March 2017 Aidan made his successful debut at the Serie Meesterpianisten during its 30-year Anniversary Concert in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in the same year he played four-hands together with Jean-Yves Thibaudet live for French Radio.

As winner of the Swiss Charity Award 2017, he performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Prage Philharmonic Camerata conducted by Victor Dijon de Monteton in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum (KKL) in Luzern, and in September 2017 he received the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Most recently he performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Orkest van het Oosten conducted by Antony Hermus, and played a Chamber Music concert in Zutphen (Netherlands) together with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Currently he continues his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Mila Baslawskaja and regularly takes lessons with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Aidan has a Fazioli Grand Piano (1991) on loan generously provided from the collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.