Florian Verweij (24) is a versatile pianist with a striking technical ability who infuses his performances with a great deal of freedom and spontaneity. Currently, Florian is a master student with Naum Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2020, he graduated from the bachelor with the highest distinction as one of the last students of pianist and piano pedagogue Jan Wijn. In April 2023 he will make his debut in the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw with a solo recital in the Amsterdam Piano Series.
Looking for the creativity in the moment
Just before the music starts, when the applause has faded and I’m sitting in front of the keys: that’s a moment when anything can happen. There has been a great deal of preparation, thought, and planning, but from the first note I live in the present, in the moment. No matter how fleeting, it always yields surprising creativity. The audience is indispensable to me for this: the energy in the hall shows me the way, as it were, to how the next note will sound, in order to further give shape and color to the music. And so, the moment always has the capacity and potential to surprise us.
The dialogue between composer and musician
Who is responsible for the expressiveness of music? The composer or the one who plays the notes? Where lies that balance? Over the centuries, there has been a wide variety of opinions on these questions. However objectively we approach compositions and interpret them as individuals, the outcome doesn’t have to be set in stone. I see it as a prism: every time you pick it up, the light shines on it from a different angle, and the colors will be distributed differently. To me, it is the same with a musician’s creativity. If they – in the moment – present a different ‘light’ on a piece of music, let us be surprised and welcome it with open arms.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5
Beethoven – Triple Concerto
Franck – Symphonic Variations
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Grieg – Piano Concerto
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21
Poulenc – Concerto for 2 Pianos
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2
Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals
Schoonebeek – Concerto for Piano and Marching Band
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2
Solo and chamber music
Programs available on request.