|A | EE|
|Amsterdam, London, USA|
|Nederlandse Muziekprijs 1984, 2 Edison Awards, 2 Diapasons d'Or and 1 Diapason d’Or de l’année, 8
Choc du Mois (le Monde de la Musique), 'Cannes Classical
|BIS | Decca|
|“the king of the fortepiano” (the Times)|
Ronald Brautigam, one of Holland's leading musicians, is remarkable not only for his virtuosity and musicality but also for the eclectic nature of his musical interests. He studied in Amsterdam, London and the United States of America - with Rudolf Serkin. In 1984 he was awarded the Nederlandse Muziekprijs, the highest Dutch musical award.
Ronald Brautigam performs regularly with leading European orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Parrott, Bruno Weil, Ivan Fischer and Edo de Waart.
Besides his performances on modern instruments Ronald Brautigam has developed a great passion for the fortepiano. He has performed with leading orchestras such as the 18th-Century Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Copenhagen and l'Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.
He is also a devoted player of chamber-music, regularly working together with Isabelle van Keulen, Melvyn Tan and Alexei Lubimov.
In 1995 Ronald Brautigam began what has proved a highly successful association with the Swedish label BIS. Among the more than 30 titles released so far are Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos (with Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam), and the complete piano works of Mozart and Haydn on the fortepiano. The year 2004 saw the release of the first of a 17-CD Beethoven cycle, also on the fortepiano. Already after the appearance of the first five volumes this series has become firmly established as the reference recording as far as fortepiano cycles are concerned. Many reviewers have made even greater claims for it, as in the US magazine Fanfare: 'This could be a Beethoven piano-sonata cycle that challenges the very notion of playing this music on modern instruments, a stylistic paradigm shift.' Besides his work for BIS, Ronald Brautigam has also recorded piano concertos by Shostakovich, Hindemith and Frank Martin with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, for Decca. His recordings have earned him 2 Edison Awards, 2 Diapasons d'Or and 1 Diapason d‘Or de l‘année, 8 Choc du Mois (le Monde de la Musique) and in Cannes two MIDEM Classical Awards, for the best solo recording in 2004 and in 2010 the prestigious Concerto Award for his recording of Beethoven's Piano Concertos No. 2 and WoO4.
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