- Ronald Brautigam piano forte
Ronald Brautigam has deservedly earned a reputation as one of Holland’s most respected musicians, remarkable not only for his virtuosity and musicality but also for the eclectic nature of his musical interests. He studied in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn, in London with John Bingham and in the USA with Rudolf Serkin.
Ronald Brautigam has received numerous awards including the Dutch Music Price and a 2010 MIDEM Classical Award for best concerto recording for his reconstruction of Beethovens piano concerto WoO4.
Ronald Brautigam performs regularly with leading orchestras and alongside a number of distinguished conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Frans Brüggen, Sir Simon Rattle, Christopher Hogwood, Marek Janowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop, Ivan Fischer and Sir Mark Elder.
Besides his performances on modern instruments Ronald Brautigam has established himself as a leading exponent of the fortepiano, working with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, 18th -Century Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Hanover band, Tafelmusik, Concerto Copenhagen, l’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Wiener Akademie.
In 1995 Ronald Brautigam started his collaboration with the Swedish label BIS. More than 40 recordings – many of them award-winning – have been released to date, including Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos and all of Mozart’s and Haydn’s piano works on the fortepiano. The complete recording of Beethoven’s piano solo works on the fortepiano, which was released from 2004 to 2011, established itself as a reference recording. Between 2009 and 2016, Ronald Brautigam recorded the complete Mozart Piano Concertos in close collaboration with the Cologne Academy and Michael Alexander Willens. All works for piano and orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy are currently being recorded, and the recording of all Beethoven concertos is planned for 2020.
In addition to his solo appearances, Ronald Brautigam has worked with violinist Isabelle van Keulen and cellist Christian Poltéra for many years. Since 2011 he also is Professor at the Musikhochschule in Basel.