FREDERIC MEINDERS


Dutch pianist Frédéric Meinders received his first pianolessons at the age of five from his parents. He later studied with Jan de Man at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where he was awarded with the Prix d 'Excellence.

 

In 1968, after winning the National Competition for young musicians in the Netherlands, Meinders, with encouragement from Martha Argerich, completed his studies with Nikita Magaloff in Geneva.

 

In 1972 he won the first prize at the International Scriabin Competition in Oslo, and since then he has performed regularly in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. Frédéric Meinders has played with various orchestras, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and Munich Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, David Zinmann and others.

 

Also active in chambermusic, he has performed with Arleen Auger, Philipp Hirschhorn, Sviatoslaw Zagursky, Nathaniel Rosen, Rainer Kussmaul, Janos Starker, Nelson Freire and other prominent artists.

 

In addition to composing original works, Meinders has also made pianotranscriptions of works for violin, orchestral suites and songs, some of which have been recorded for EMI, CBS and Danacord. Other recordings were made for Koch Schwann and Globe.

 

The total output of Meinders´ work as composer / transcriber is proximately 600 works.

 

 

"Frederic Meinders is a remarkably skilled pianist and transcriber. His playing carries a rare blend of color and individuality. And his numerous transcriptions are amomg the most ingenious of their kind, entirely worthy of standing alongside those of Liszt, Godowsky,

and Earl Wild". (Donald Manildi, Curator International Pianoarchives, University of Maryland)

 

 

 “ In my opinion Frederic Meinders is an outstanding talent among the younger generation of pianists in front of the publc today ”.

(Nikita Magaloff)

 

 “ Frederic Meinders é um dos grandes pianistas da atualidade “.

(Nelson Freire).

 

" No one with a fascination for the world of the pianist-composer should be unaware of the work
of Frederic Meinders, a uniquely gifted craftsman whose efforts continue to delight and often amaze me.
His combination of boundless imagination, considerable compositional skill and ultra-polish offer prospective
pianists a source of great joy and fulfillment".  

 (Marc-André Hamelin)
 

"Frederic Meinders is one of the most distinguished pianist-composers around.

 He understands the keyboard and how the piano "works" - thus playing it and writing for it with consummate skill and affection".  (Stephen Hough)

 

 “ Meinders steals the show, his transcription of “over the rainbow ” is a deft piece of keyboard wizardy “.

(Jeremy Nicholas, Record Review London)

 

“ Meinders showed in his playing a vigorous and determined spirit; his individual thoughts about music were always very clearly defined.

( Daily Telegraph, London)

 

 “ He has a marvellous facility for rendering heroic music heroically.

(GLobe and Mail, Toronto)

 

 “ II a de l’ autorité, du naturel et sait faire: “pattes de velours”.

(Le Soir, Bruxelles)

 

 “ II a une technique éblouissante, une souplesse exceptionnelle et un sens de l` expressivité porté ŕ son comble".

(Le Matin, Anvers)

 

 “ Das faszinierende an dem Jung-star its seine Natürlichkeit; er findet alles selbstverständlich, was eigentlich ausserordentlich ist".

(Die Presse, Wien)

 

 “ Für Rachmaninows Musik besitzt Meinders die ideale künstlerische, seeliche und nervliche Disposition".

(Stuttgarter Nachrichten)

 

 “Trotz der Bevorzügung von Schattierungen am unteren Ende der dynamischen Skala ist sein Anschlag von berückender Klarheit, wodurch sein Spiel stets Transparenz zu attestieren ist.".

(Salzburger Nachrichten)

 

Photographs by Christiaan Kröner


 

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