Nikola Meeuwsen - © Melle Meivogel
Artist in Residence
“Nikola Meeuwsen is characterized by his crystal clear musical thinking; in his playing, silence and movement coincide brilliantly. His train of thought is pure poetry.” According to the jury.
Meeuwsen profiles himself as one of the most striking young piano talents in the Netherlands at the moment. As a child, he knew he wanted to be a pianist after listening to Horowitz's performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. His enormous talent was soon recognised: in 2019 the Concertgebouw awarded him the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. From a young age, Nikola won various competitions, including the Royal Concertgebouw Competition in 2014 and the Steinway Competition in 2012. He has performed as a soloist with the Residentie Orkest and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and has given solo recitals throughout the Netherlands and abroad (Milan, Bologna, Trieste, Faro and Imola).
Nikola has been studying with Marlies van Gent and Enrico Pace at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola since 2014. He is a fanatical player of chamber music and has performed with the Matangi Quartet, violinist Alexander Kerr and violist Vladimir Mendelssohn and in piano duos with Igor Roma, Anna Fedorova, Thomas Beijer and Enrico Pace.
“Nikola Meeuwsen's insight, timbre and timing are of an exceptional level. His playing touches a deep chord and vibrates long after the last note.” Gwylim Janssens – programmer series Meesterlijk!
Voormalige Artists in Residence
Formal winners are: Alexander Warenberg (cello, 2021), Shin Sihan (viool, 2020), Emmy Storms (viool, 2019), Raoul Steffani (bariton, 2018), Ella van Poucke (cello, 2017), Sophiko Simsive (piano, 2016), Mathieu van Bellen (viool, 2015), Rosanne van Sandwijk (mezzosopraan, 2014), Remy van Kesteren (harp, 2013), duo Sax & Stix (saxofoon en slagwerk, 2012), Karin Strobos (mezzosopraan, 2011), Judith van Wanroij (sopraan, 2010), duo Bosgraaf en Elias (blokfluit en gitaar, 2009), Lisa Jacobs (viool, 2008) en Ties Mellema (saxofoon, 2007).