Arthur Schoonder­woerd

Arthur Schoonderwoerd is one of the most successful interpreters of his generation on the fortepiano. At the heart of his artistic work is exploring and interpreting the unknown and little-played repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. He has developed a particular passion for historical instruments with an individual sound and attack. In addition he also plays the harpsichord and clavichord.

Arthur Schoonderwoerd was born in the Netherlands in 1966. After completing his piano studies at the Utrechts Conservatorium he enrolled in a further course with Jos van Immerseel at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris, which he completed in 1995 with distinction.

In 1995 Schoonderwoerd was awarded third prize and the prize of the Belgian radio station VRT at the fortepiano competition of the 32nd International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. He also won the prize for best interpretation at the Van Wassenaer Festival and Competition for Early Music Ensembles in 1996.

In addition to his international career as a soloist he is also a sought-after chamber music partner and accompanist to famous singers. In 1995 he created the Ensemble Cristofori, which he has run as conductor and artistic director ever since. Through this ensemble he nurtures the repertoire for piano and orchestra in particular in a very personal manner. Since 2006 Arthur Schoonderwoerd has been the artistic director of the Festival de Musiques Anciennes de Besançon/Montfaucon.

Arthur Schoonderwoerd’s discography includes award-winning recordings with historical pianos as well as impressive complete recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos, Mozart’s piano concertos and his piano sonatas. CD recordings with international labels document his artistic work.

Arthur Schoonderwoerd lives in France. He has been professor of historical piano music and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona since 2004; in addition he is a sought-after teacher at master classes across Europe.

Arthur Schoonder­woerd beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

Old wine, new bottles

  • Ensemble Cristofori
  • Arthur Schoonder­woerd direction, piano forte
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn
Kleine Beethovenhalle






8:00 pm

Trio and symphony – united!

  • Ensemble Cristofori
  • Arthur Schoonder­woerd direction, grand piano forte
Works by Joseph Haydn, Carl Maria von Weber and Ludwig van Beethoven
Kleine Beethovenhalle