Biography

Florian Verweij (24) is a versatile pianist who, with his remarkable technical mastery, manages to put a great deal of freedom and spontaneity in his music. 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 the renowned pianist and piano pedagogue Jan Wijn. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he has also devoted himself to the piano duo repertoire for five years. Prior to that, he studied from the age of eleven at the National academy for exceptionally gifted young musicians (Sweelinck Academy) at the same institute. He participated in masterclasses with Rian de Waal, Stephen Kovacevich, Emanuel Ax, Jacques Rouviers, Dmitri Alexeev, Willem Brons, Enrico Pace, Boris Berman and Leslie Howard.

Competitions

In 2018, Florian was a finalist at the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists. In 2015, the Classic Young Masters foundation selected him for a two-year coaching program for young top talents. He also received the Audience Award after the accompanying selection concert. In the same year he was awarded the Labberté-Hoedemaker Prize during the Peter de Grote Festival. At the Young Pianist Foundation Competition in 2013, Florian was the youngest participant to receive the Guus Janssen Prize for the most promising performance of the modern work Walden Pond with Passing Train (Guus Janssen, 2012). At the national final of the Princess Christina Competition in 2013, he received a second prize as a fifteen-year-old in the age category 15 to 19 years.

Soloist

Florian has performed several piano concertos from a young age. In 2021 and 2019, Florian performed together with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and music theater group Oorkaan with Saint-Saëns’s Carnival des animaux . He performed, among others, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, and was a much sought-after soloist with the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto. Other highlights include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Frisian Chamber Orchestra.

Festivals & Tours

At the invitation of the Dutch embassy in Athens, Florian toured Greece. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers, he gave concerts in Canada and the United States at the invitation of The Netherlands America Foundation. In recent years, Florian has been a regular guest on the Dutch classical broadcaster Radio 4 and at festivals such as Wonderfeel, Festival Young Talent Schiermonnikoog and the Grachtenfestival.

Repertoire

Piano concerts
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.