When I was in the last few years of high school I regularly received piano lessons from Ton Hartsuiker, who was a wonderful and erudite man that used to have his own radio program about avant-garde music and has meant a lot for contemporary art music scene in the Netherlands. I have very fond memories of his piano lessons, which often lasted 3 hours and were much broader than being only about playing the piano. Ton was always full of amazing stories and anecdotes about art, music, literature and his life, and he showed me books, manuscripts and (reproductions of) art. We drank great coffee, listened to records, and had a lot of fun playing pieces for two pianos (like the fantastic En blanc et noir by Debussy and Sonata for Two Pianos by Stravinsky, which he also had played together with Louis Andriessen in the past), next to the diverse solo piano repertoire I was working on - all of this in his beautiful monumental house in Utrecht.show performances
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