Biography

Daan Boertien is a Dutch concert pianist who specialized in song accompaniment. He performs with several singers in the Netherlands and abroad. As of this season, Daan is Associate Artist of the Dutch National Opera Studio. Furthermore, he is active as vocal coach at Codarts (Rotterdam) and is guest teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

At the age of 10, Daan was accepted at the Young Musicians Academy of the Tilburg Conservatory, where he was taught by Jelena Bazova. He then studied with David Kuyken at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, with the German song specialist Burkhard Kehring. For this he received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung Hamburg.

Daan Boertien has won many prizes. For example, in 2020 he won the Berenberg Prize with a winner's concert in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In 2019 he won the DAAD prize. In 2018 Daan Boertien won the public award of Dutch Classical Talent together with baritone Raoul Steffani. He also won the 1st prize and the prize for best accompanist at the Gustav-Mahler-Wettbewerb in Hamburg together with Baritone Geng Lee. In 2015 he received the "Kunst aan de Dijk Prize for Young Talent" and in 2010, Daan was a prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition.

Daan gave concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Tunisia, Switzerland, Latvia and Canada. He has performed at the Concertgebouw, TivoliVredenburg, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Dutch National Opera, Casa da Musica Porto and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among others. He can also be heard and seen on radio and television regularly, for example at Podium Witteman. In 2019 he could be heard during the Prinsengracht concert in Amsterdam.

In recent years, Daan has given concerts with singers such as Benjamin Appl, Michaela Kaune, Raoul Steffani, Maarten Koningsberger, Judith van Wanroij, Peter Gijsbertsen, Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Marc Pantus, Thomas Oliemans and André Morsch. Daan took piano solo masterclasses with Enrico Pace, Leslie Howard and Naum Grubert, among others. Furthermore, he received important impulses for song interpretation from Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Jeff Cohen, Thomas Hampson, Margreet Honig, Christianne Stotijn, Anne Sofie von Otter and Brigitte Fassbaender.

Specialized in song accompaniment, Daan Boertien proved to be a singer behind the grand piano. With his subtle and delicate touch, his both natural as well as surprising timing and imagination, he is the ideal combination of flexible accompanist and autonomous soloist.

- Eindhovens Dagblad

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