Award-Winning Concert Pianist Ariane Jurriaanse

About Ariane

Ariane's performance has been described as 'radiating exuberance and joy', as 'dazzling', 'stylish', 'vigorous and sensitive', as 'exciting' and as 'exceptionally good'. Her warmth and musical force as a 'thrilling experience' underscored by 'impeccable technique'.

After winning the Prix d'Honneur at the Edith Stein competition in The Hague, The Netherlands, Ariane feels that the main influence on her musical development was the Latvian pianist Naum Grubert, with whom she studied for 5 years during her time at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. She remains grateful for the years of dedication, hard work and patience.

Coming from a family of professional musicians and falling asleep at night to her parents' playing, in addition to receiving the most loving musical guidance, has given her, Ariane feels, the best start a musician could wish for.

Ariane has been awarded a grant from the Lynn Foundation for her recording of romantic music. The project was managed by Michael Letchford of Decca, who was also her agent for many years until his recent retirement.

As well as performing as a soloist, Ariane has specialised in lied accompaniment, receiving inspiring coaching from Tan Croone, as well as from Irwin Gage.

In recent collaboration with Katie Leaver, opera and lieder singer, she performed in the UK and internationally. A programme called: Love, Passion and Dedication; in search of Clara Schumann, included many of Clara's rarely performed but thrilling piano pieces, along with some of her most beautiful songs.

Ariane's concerts aim to move and inspire her audiences. Alongside her solo recitals, she is often found in partnership both in lieder and in her Carice Duo, in which she performs with violinist Diana Galvydyte.

Ariane loves to prepare innovative programming in which she offers a mixture of older and contemporary styles. She is awaiting the release of a commissioned piece 'For Ariane' by composer Theo Nederpelt around which she will create a special programme of dedicated pieces. Ariane's programming, she hopes, takes her audiences on an inspiring musical journey. Future programmes include: 'The Dance', 'Dreams, Visions and Demons', and 'Myths and Legends'.

Alongside solo recitals and duo work, Ariane also loves to play concertos. Her all-time favourite is the concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann.

Ariane lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with her husband and two daughters. She also teaches, and is currently inspiring young pianists at Cheltenham Ladies' College and Malvern College.

Award-Winning Concert Pianist Ariane Jurriaanse