Daniel-Ben Pienaar was born in South Africa. He was educated at the Royal
Academy of Music where he won the Queen's Commendation in 1997. He now teaches
piano and lectures at the Academy.
His solo discography includes both books of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, the
Chopin ballades, the first complete recording of the keyboard music of Orlando
Gibbons and, on Avie, Mozart's eighteen piano sonatas and Bach's Goldberg
A release of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations is projected for 2012.
Recent concert work includes sonata cycles of Mozart (at Oxford University) and
Schubert (at the Royal Academy of Music). Upcoming engagements include appearing
at the Singapore International Piano Festival and performing Bach's complete
Well-Tempered Clavier at King's Place in London. Chamber music activities
include three discs for the Linn label of music for trumpet and piano (mostly in
his own arrangements) with Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.
Praise for Daniel-Ben Pienaar's complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (AV2209)
"Interpretations where, within the letter critically observed, a numinous power
breaks free. Momentous Mozart."
"Pienaar responds with an astonishing
range of expression and colour."
The Sunday Times, London
"It is, quite simply, one of the finest complete recordings."
"Ein Wunder, nicht weniger."
Official webpage: www.danielbenpienaar.com
Photo credit: Uta Knizia