Biography, reviews, discography

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Biography Peter Caelen

Pianist Peter Caelen studied at the Conservatories of Maastricht and Amsterdam with Frans van Beveren, Joop Celis and Willem Brons. He continued his studies with Peter Feuchtwanger in London and Thomas Duis in Saarbrücken. Furthermore he has taken part in masterclasses with musicians such as Peter Donohoe, Lazar Berman, Eugen Indjic, Piotr Paleczny and Jan Michiels.Peter Caelen plays concerts throughout Europe and China at major venues and series such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Beijing Concert Hall, the Shandong Grand Theatre Concert Hall in Jinan, Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Brussels Royal Conservatory Main Hall and Concerts de Midi, the Saarbrücker Kammerkonzerte, the Rhein Mosel Halle in Koblenz and Sellosali in Espoo. Furthermore he is also to be heard at festivals such as the the Klevischer Klaviersommer, the Mendelssohn-Tage, the Kamarihelmi Festival, the International Festival Summer in Old Ljubljana Town, the Alba Music Festival and the Euro Chamber Music Festival Gdansk. As a soloist he performed with several orchestras and as a chamber musician he works with numerous musicians such as violinists Simone Lamsma, Esther Yoo, Lisanne Soeterbroek and Hans van Kerckhoven, cellist Olsi Leka, the Carducci and Atrium String Quartets, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks and the wind soloists of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 2017 he toured China performing the complete works for violin and piano by Brahms with violinist Volodja Balzalorsky in thirteen concerts.

 

An excellent and versatile craftsman (Eindhovens Dagblad)

Caelen won a first prize in the Princess Christina Competition in Den Bosch (The Netherlands). and was a finalist in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria). He was awarded a diploma during the World Music Competition Ibla Grand Prize in Italy. The Frits Philips Music Hall in Eindhoven presented him as ‘Zuiderlicht’ in 2005 and he was given the opportunity to compose his own concert series.

Peter Caelen was to be heard on several occasions on both Dutch and foreign broadcasting networks like Radio 4, Musiq’3 and SWR. Several solo cd’s appeared as well as a cd with cellist Olsi Leka. Peter Caelen was invited to give masterclasses in the United Kingdom, Finland and Belgium. Besides he is a frequent jury member in competitions both in the Netherlands and abroad (a.o. Belfius Classics).

Peter Caelen is Director of the Excellent Concerts near Maastricht (The Netherlands). From 2014 he has as well been appointed artistic leader of the foundation Muziek Klassiek Gulpen (The Netherlands).

Discografie Peter Caelen

Berg, Beethoven, Brahms Sonatas

Tracklist

1. Brahms-Intermezzo in E flat major opus 117 no. 1
2. Brahms-Intermezzo in A minor opus 118 no. 1
3. Brahms-Intermezzo in A major opus 118 no. 2
4. Brahms-Capriccio in G minor opus 116 no.3
5. Schönberg-Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke opus 19
6. Wagner-In das Album der Fürstin M.
7. Wagner-Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: “Lied ohne Worte”
8. Wagner-Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen
9. Liszt-La lugubere gondola II
10. R.W. Venezia
11. Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
12. “O, du mein holder Abendstern”: Rezitativ und Romanze from Tannhäuser

Berg, Beethoven, Brahms Sonatas

Tracklist

1. Brahms-Intermezzo in E flat major opus 117 no. 1
2. Brahms-Intermezzo in A minor opus 118 no. 1
3. Brahms-Intermezzo in A major opus 118 no. 2
4. Brahms-Capriccio in G minor opus 116 no.3
5. Schönberg-Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke opus 19
6. Wagner-In das Album der Fürstin M.
7. Wagner-Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: “Lied ohne Worte”
8. Wagner-Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen
9. Liszt-La lugubere gondola II
10. R.W. Venezia
11. Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
12. “O, du mein holder Abendstern”: Rezitativ und Romanze from Tannhäuser

Berg, Beethoven, Brahms Sonatas

Tracklist

1. Brahms-Intermezzo in E flat major opus 117 no. 1
2. Brahms-Intermezzo in A minor opus 118 no. 1
3. Brahms-Intermezzo in A major opus 118 no. 2
4. Brahms-Capriccio in G minor opus 116 no.3
5. Schönberg-Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke opus 19
6. Wagner-In das Album der Fürstin M.
7. Wagner-Albumblatt für Ernst Benedikt Kietz: “Lied ohne Worte”
8. Wagner-Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen
9. Liszt-La lugubere gondola II
10. R.W. Venezia
11. Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
12. “O, du mein holder Abendstern”: Rezitativ und Romanze from Tannhäuser

Reviews Peter Caelen

‘Furthermore, the performance of the musicians of the evening was sincere in so many ways. There they were; they played proudly and with so much empathy.’

Klassiek Centraal

‘Caelen’s performance of the Norma reminiscences, taken from Bellini’s famous opera, was filled with musicality and demonstrated how much musical and technical ability he has. With great verve and use of the pedal, the pianist also performed the thematic details of the work well.’

Fränkische Landeszeitung

‘…one of the most talented Limburg pianists of the new generation.’

Dagblad De Limburger

‘Caelen shone in particular in a selection from Beethoven’s First Piano Concert, which includes a variety of ingenious technical feats. In part due to his excellent timing, he and the Dutch Theater Orchestra turned this into a mature mini-concert. “A fantastic performance and a delight to work together in this way,” raved Van Hessen later.’

Eindhovens Dagblad

‘Particularly Schönberg’s six Kleine Klavierstucke. These charming miniatures were interpreted with great attention to detail and a lovely, carefully considered timing. To judge by this ‘expert’ audience’s breathless attention, this was one of the highpoints of the recital.’ … ‘Beethoven’s Sonate nr. 31. This composer’s late and mature piano piece was very impressively played. Here as well was a remarkable attention to detail, but also a complete control of the dynamics. It sometimes seemed if a swell pedal was available to the pianist, so gradual and stepless were his crescendi and decrescendi.’

Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant

‘…he established himself during his Eindhoven concert as an excellent and versatile professional’…’The performer certainly had power of expression and radiance because his recitals captured the attention and he played from the heart’

Eindhovens Dagblad

‘…Berg, Ligeti, and the very well played but rather long Brahms sonata made the concert very good. A most interesting young man, and a very good pianist.’

Kroniek van het ECCG

‘Unusual but exciting recital’

BN De Stem

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