Hans Eijsackers, pianist & Henk Neven, baritone

Pianist Hans Eijsackers turned supporting section into essential participant responsible for every accomplishment. 
Outstanding compatibility of those two instruments, as well as sophisticated completeness, generated long applause of the audience.” (Dubrovnik Festival)
“ Gleiche Daseinsberechtigung für Stimme und Klavier” (Kissinger Sommer)
“we immediately knew we were in the hands of a superb pianist. Eijsackers’ subtlety and panache gripped the audience from the first sinuous chords.” (Bachtrack)
Dutch pianist Hans Eijsackers was born in The Hague, Holland. He won the first edition of the Rotterdam 3-Day Piano Competition and the Princess Christina Competition when he was only 13 years old. He was winner of the European Piano Competition in 1991 in Luxembourg also winning its Special Prize for the best song accompaniment.
Hans studied with Koos Bons, Gerard van Blerk, Jan Wijn and György Sebök. In 1992 he graduated at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam. In 1994 he was invited to enter a special programme at the Mozart Academy in Krakow. This resulted in recitals in Poland, Budapest, Cornwall, Asia and New York.
He is Professor of “Liedgestaltung” at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and teaches chambermusic at the Royal Academy of The Hague. Next to this Hans Eijsackers performs as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He toured Italy, Russia and the Far East ( Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan). In 1993, as well as 1994 he received the medal of the Friends of the Concertgebouw.
As part of the Concertgebouw “Rising Stars” programme, Hans played in Wigmore Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna and Carnegie Hall, New York .
His recordings of the clarinetsonatas by Reger and by Brahms with Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer got international acclaim and the cd ‘Auf einer Burg’ with Henk Neven was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2012 their CD, “The Sea”, with songs by Schubert, Debussy, and Fauré was released., and BBC brought out their recording of Schubert’s Winterreise as ‘CD of the month’.
Hans regularly appears in European Festivals like Dubrovnik, Proms and Holland Festival and was artistic director of the Uitgast Festival in Lelystad (The Netherlands). He was also invited to give concerts, masterclasses and lectures in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Recently Hans performed piano concertos by Brahms en Martinu with the Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra next to numerous appearances with baritone Henk Neven in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and France. Recently he started a succesfull project together with noted mezzosoprano Christianne Stotijn with theatrical concerts in Belgium and Holland.

Dutch baritone Henk Neven is one of the most exciting song interpreters of his generation, having made regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms, whilst being equally at home on the operatic stage. A recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, he has an ongoing recording contract with Onyx and his discs have received critical praise. Neven was a member of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme and in 2011 received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest honour that the Netherlands Ministry of Culture awards to a classical musician.

This season Neven covers the role of King in the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He also appears with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and with the Residentieorkest perfoming arias by Mozart. Other appearances include songs and arias by Mahler and Mozart with Orchestre de Picardie.
Last season Neven returned to the UK to reprise the title role Don Giovanni with Northern Ireland Opera. On the concert platform performed Die schöne Müllerin with pianist Imogen Cooper at the Wigmore Hall and with Joseph Middleton at Leeds Lieder, as well as making appearances with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the International Cello Festival Biennale in Amsterdam, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sinfonia Rotterdam and Lausanne Cathedral. He also recorded a programme of Elgar songs with Kathryn Rudge and the BBC Concert Orchestra in collaboration with SOMM Recordings.
His operatic roles include Aronte Armide, title role Hamlet, the title role and Leporello Don Giovanni; Conte Le nozze di Figaro; Phorbas Oedipe; Mercutio Roméo et Juliette; Patrocle Iphiginie en Aulide; Aeneas Dido and Aeneas; Marco Gianni Schicchi; Schaunard La bohème; Morales Carmen; Ben The Telephone and Mr. Gobineau The Medium; Mars Vénus et Adonis; Pollux Castor et Pollux; and Frère Léon St. François d’Assise, staged by Pierre Audi and recorded for DVD by Opus Arte. He has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie, Berlin Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, Le Duo de Dijon, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, L’Opéra National de Montpellier, Grand Théâtre de Tours, Opéra de Rouen and De Nederlandse Opera.
On the concert platform he has worked with Marin Alsop and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the BBC Proms performing Brahms Requiem, St Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw, BBC National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Bergen Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Noord-Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Bachvereniging, Vlaams Radio Orkest, L’Orchestre National de France, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre d’Opéra National de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Les Concerts Spirituels and Les Talens Lyriques. He has worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Jan Willem de Vriend, Hervé Niquet, Kenneth Montgomery, Joel Levi, Patrick Lange, Armin Jordan, John Nelson, Ed Spanjaard, Marc Minkowski and Christophe Rousset.

An outstanding recitalist, he is a regular guest of the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series. He has performed in the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival. Past highlights include debuts at the City of London Festival and Cheltenham Festival; performances for the BBC Proms; and recitals for La Monnaie in Brussels, Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage and Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Henk Neven started recording for Onyx Records in 2011, when his Gramophone-nominated debut album Auf einer Burg was received with the highest acclaim. In 2012, Onyx Records released his second album, The Sea on which he performs songs by Debussy, Fauré and Schubert.



21-22 April 2021


Fauré & Duparc