“Fully alive to every startling modulation and abrupt change of direction”
Celebrated for her communicative musicality and her immense ingenuity in bringing piano music to the stage and beyond, pianist and multiple prize winning artist Daria van den Bercken is regarded ‘a model for musicians of the future’ (jury Amsterdam Art Prize).
Daria’s album “FREE THE PIANO” is due for release on April 14th 2023. She will perform the same day with Britten Sinfonia in Barbican. In February 2023 she released a brand new recording for a Haydn Sonata. Her album ”human; nature, an imaginary suite” which was released in 2022 has been called “Already the most beautiful album of the year” (Parool).
Her Handel and Mozart recordings for SONY Classical had the press writing about her ‘mixture of joy and lightness’, ‘musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity.’, ‘allowing expressive freedoms and poetic emotiveness’. Daria’s SONY album with Scarlatti sonatas was nominated for an Edison. Daria’s viral TED Talk with more than a million views was named “Top Pick of 2014” and led to multiple invitations to major orchestras, recital halls and conferences and businesses.
Daria performed recently with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ton Koopman, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/ Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and Stefan Asbury, RPhO with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Residentie Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. 2022 saw her on tour with Israel Galvan and Gerard Bouwhuis in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, London, Florence and Sevilla.
As a recitalist Daria has made frequent appearances in major halls in the world like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus in Vienna, Barbican Centre London, Kings Place London, Zipper Hall Los Angeles, Tokyo Recital Hall, and more.
The Keys to Music Foundation, founded byDaria in 2016, seeks a new audience for classical music through artistic and educational projects. One of Daria’s biggest projects for her foundation is conceiving the Piano Biennale, a new international piano and music festival with its second edition 19-23 April 2023. It is the first piano festival in which different art forms work together in unique productions. Education is an important and integral part.
Daria is a recipient of the Dutch Classical Talent Award in 2006 and 2008 and Amsterdams most prestigieus art prize: Amsterdam Art Prize 2012.
In her free time Daria actively writes opinion pieces for Dutch newspapers about the necessity of culture education and music in particular.
The Handel album sold 9.500 copies in the Netherlands alone, the Mozart album 4.500 and the Scarlatti has now more than 12 million streams (and a nomination for an Edison) and is still growing. The Imaginary Album came out in tracks and has 750.000 streams so far.