Pianists Aidan Mikdad (2001) and Ramon van Engelenhoven (1995) have been selected, after auditions, to perform Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos. This performance is part of the programme ‘Rituelen’ (Rituals) which the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra will perform in April 2018 under the baton of Matthew Rowe. Below the concert dates.

Fri 20 April
20.15h Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Tickets: Muziekgebouw

Sat 21 April
21.00h Muziekcentrum Eindhoven
short programme with only Stravinsky and Poulenc
Tickets: Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Sun 22 April
15.00h Tivoli/Vredenburg Utrecht
Tickets: TivoliVredenburg

We are thrilled to announce that pianist Aidan Mikdad (15) has won the fifth Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. According to Simon Reinink, Director of Het Concertgebouw, Aidan Mikdad is an exceptionally gifted musician. ‘We are very happy to present Aidan with the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, because he has the talent, ambition and motivation to become one of the best performers in his field.’

Aidan studies with Mila Baslawskaja in the first year of the bachelor’s degree programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Already he has won several prestigious prizes, such as first prize at the International Piano Competition of Lagny-sur-Marne (2014) and first prize at the Royal Concertgebouw Competition (2013). Last year the won the Italian Premio Internazionale Pianistico ‘A. Scriabin’ in the category ‘pianists up to 35 years of age’, being by far the youngest contestant.

The Concertgebouw Young Talent Award aims to give young talented musicians the opportunity to break through on an international level and to perform in major concert halls in Europe and beyond. The award consists of a bronze sculpture and a grant of € 5.000,- to be put towards study.

The coming season (2015-2016), Aidan will make his orchestral debut with Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen. He will perform Mozart Piano Concertos No. 9 Jenamy (Jeunehomme) and No. 20, in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw Grote Zaal), The Hague (Nieuwe Kerk), Rotterdam (De Doelen).
In 2016, he will make his debut at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

Date Location
August 30, 2015 Amsterdam / Uitmarkt 20151Free entree
September 18, 2015 Rotterdam / Sinfonia Rotterdam2Rehearsal
September 19, 2015 Amsterdam / Klassiek op het Amstelveld2Free entree
September 27, 2015 Tilburg / Euregio Youth Orchestra3Rehearsal
October 10, 2015 Tilburg / Factorium3Tickets
October 11, 2015 Goirle / Jan van Besouw3Tickets
November 8, 2015 Breda / Chassé Theater3Tickets
November 14, 2015 Tilburg / Theaters3Tickets
December 19, 2015 Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium / CC Zwanenburg3Tickets
January 10, 2016 Antwerp, Belgium / deSingel3Tickets
January 10, 2016 Hoogstraten, Belgium / Rabboeni-zaal3Tickets
April 3, 2016 Amsterdam / Concertgebouw Grote Zaal4Tickets
April 8, 2016 The Hague / Nieuwe Kerk4Tickets
April 9, 2016 Rotterdam / De Doelen4Tickets


    1. Young Pianist Foundation – Liszt Études d’execution transcendante No. 7 & 8
    2. Sinfonia Rotterdam Tour – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 (Jeunehomme) in E-flat major, K. 271
    3. Euregio Jeugdorkest Tour – Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
    4. Sinfonia Rotterdam Tour – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466


Date: Friday December 5th, 2014
Town:  Lagny sur Marne, France
Venue: Salons d’Honneur de l’Hôtel de Ville Lagny sur Marne
Information:  Recital Lagny sur Marne
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2
1. Allegro in F major
Claude Debussy
Préludes Book I
IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir: Modéré
V. Les collines d’ Anacapri: Très modéré
Franz Liszt
Mephisto Waltz No. 1  S. 514

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