Saskia Lankhoorn

Piano & Keyboard

The versatile Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn is an active soloist and chamber musician in the contemporary music scene. Originally from Naarden, the Netherlands, Saskia received her Bachelors and Masters from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, under the guidance of Marcel Baudet and Naum Grubert, and also studied with Rudolf Jansen at the Académie de Villecroze in France. She won first prize in the National Prinses Christina Competition in 1998 and was a finalist in the Royal Concertgebouw’s 58th Vriendenkrans Competition in 2007, where her duo was honored with both the Press Prize and the Audience Award.

New music

Her dedication to performing contemporary music dates from early age; 1995 marked her first appearance on Dutch National Radio, playing Arnold Schönberg’s Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke. Saskia performs with new music ensembles such as Ensemble Klang, Asko|Schönberg ensemble and ELECTRA, and has premiered new works by Evan Ziporyn and Kate Moore with her trans-Atlantic piano duo X88 with Canadian pianist Vicky Chow. She is a co-founder of Ensemble Klang, performing in festivals worldwide such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Cultural Olympiad UK 2012, and Sonic Festival in New York City, collaborating with composers including Heiner Goebbels, Tom Johnson, Martijn Padding, Phill Niblock, Jacob TV, Kate Moore, and Oscar Bettison.

Performances

Her critically acclaimed solo concerts featured works by Horatio Radulesu, Noriko Koide, Sylvia Borzelli, Peter Adriaansz, Pete Harden, and Yannis Kyriakides, among others. Her solo performances combine new art music with a strong performance and sound concept, and strive to immerse the audience in a new sound world. In 2014 she presented the solo program ‘Chords & Cables’, exploring the external sound possibilities of the instrument through combining the piano with electronic and prepared sounds. Saskia performs throughout the Netherlands in venues such as the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, as well as Symphony Space NY in the USA.

First solo CD

2014 marks the release of ‘Dances & Canons,’ Saskia Lankhoorn’s first solo CD on ECM Records, featuring a suite of solo piano works by Kate Moore. In 2014-2015, she embarks on an international CD release tour of ‘Dances & Canons,’ performing a solo show featuring a striking light and sound design. Saskia joins forces with ELECTRA for Boudewijn Tarenskeen’s RACHE (“Revenge”) in 2015. Visit her website: www.saskialankhoorn.com