The pianist Daan Vandewalle is an internationally acclaimed performer of 20th and 21st century piano music.

His repertoire consists of hundreds of pieces, including complete performances of the piano works of Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, as well as numerous premieres that resulted from intense collaborations with composers of today. He has performed in a wide range of venues, from small clubs in the underground experimental music scene to established venues such as the Prague Spring festival, the Lincoln Centre in New York or Theatre des Chatelets in Paris.

Special projects include his life-long collaboration with the American composer Alvin Curran which resulted in a series of 6hour marathon performances of the piano cycle Inner Cities, a series that was released on a Long Distance classics/Harmonia Mundi cd box (2005). Other recording projects included the complete piano music of Gordon Mumma (2008 NWR) and his debut recording of the Ives Concord sonata (1996) which was met with rave reviews in the American press. His latest record is dedicated to Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will never Be Defeated. He premiered dozens of new pieces e.g. Christian Wolff, Clarence Barlowe, Maria De Alvear, Fred Frith and Gordon Mumma. He is one of the only pianists in the world who play the entire Opus Clavicembalisticum by Sorabji. Recent projects include the playing of the Ligeti piano concerto at Carnegie Hall New York and Prague spring festival.

Apart from his work as a soloist he forms a piano-duo with the legendary Australian pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge, and duos with cellist Arne Deforce and singer Salome Kammer.

In 2015 he played the world premiere of A Dog’s Life, Rzewski’s 2nd piano concerto, conducted by Peter Rundel, Asko Schonberg ensemble

In 2017 he played the world premiere of Rzewski’s Songs of Insurrection at the Concertgebouw Bruges.

Soon his newest recording will appear, Skalkottas piano concerto no 3 with Johannes Kalitzke conducting.



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