Pianist Wouter Harbers (1986)
To make classical music accessible to everyone. That is Dutch pianist Wouter Harbers’s mission. Classical music devotees as well as people who do not know Bach’s first names are graced with Wouter’s renditions of the most beautiful music in the world.
Wouter interlaces his performances with interesting information and amusing trivia about the music. That makes for a fresh listening experience. The interaction between artist and audience creates a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. Wouter’s series of ‘coffee concerts’ are a
good example of this approach: he has been able to introduce them to seven stages throughout the Netherlands.
Various sponsors discovered Wouter’s talent, which allows him to offer many of his concerts for free. That makes them approachable to a wide audience. A small team supports Wouter in expanding his musical activities. Wouter enjoys working with fellow musicians. Together
with them he turns every concert into a festive get-together.
Wouter recently debuted in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in a sold-out Recital Hall. He received high-level training by, among others, Dutch pianist Wibi Soerjadi. Wouter attended masterclasses in Oxford, for which he was selected from an international pool of
pianists. He also released four albums. Besides playing the piano Wouter conducts choirs. He directed Händels Messiah and Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, for example. As a concert pianist Wouter performed numerous piano concertos, like Chopin’s First, which he played
almost ten times on various podia.