We are delighted to welcome pianist Maarten den Hengst to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Besides his love for the solo piano repertoire, pianist Maarten den Hengst is a sought-after chamber musician in all possible occupations and repertoire as well.

He took part in many national and international festivals and performed for radio and television in Holland and abroad.

He has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Georgia, Austria, Costa Rica, Portugal, Serbia and Great Britain. He has won prizes at national and international competitions such as the Princes Christina Competition, the YPF Piano Competition, the Vriendenkrans Concertgebouw Competition, the Grachten festival Competition (alongside violinist Sanne Hunfeld) and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition in Georgia.

Over the years he has worked closely with contemporary composers like Willem Jeths, Hans Kox, Karl Fiorini, Genevieve Murphy, Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk and Marlijn Helder.

As a soloist he worked together with conductors such as Jürgen Kussmaul, Jurjen Hempel, Ernst van Tiel, Fokko Oldenhuis, Coen Stuit and Loes Visser. Between 2012 and 2017 he was the artistic director of the concert series Vriendenconcerten in de Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam, together with cellist Pamela Smits, organizing concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

He is also a member of the renowned Pentachord Ensemble, and together with his wife Ivana Alkovic he forms piano duo Amacord.

Maarten den Hengst studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam with Mila Balawskaja and Jan Wijn, and at the Universitätfür Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Professor Noel Flores. He has also attended masterclasses with Irina Zaritskaja and Tatjana Zelikman, Vladimir Viardo, Philip Entremont, Jaques Rouvier, Boris Berman, Igor Roma, Menahem Pressler and many others.

(Maarten den Hengst joins us by virtue of the generous sponsorship of the Embassy of the Netherlands.)