Pieter Dirksen

Harpsichordist - Musicologist - Organist

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Pieter Dirksen performs as soloist on both harpsichord and organ and as continuo player with diverse chamber ensembles. He completed his musicological studies with honours in 1987 and since then published widely about baroque keyboard music. In 1996 he received his doctorate ‘cum laude’ with a dissertation on the keyboard music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, which was awarded the Dutch Praemium Erasmianum. Further books have been devoted to Bach's Art of Fugue (1994), Sweelinck (essays, 2002) and Scheidemann (2007), and critical editions appeared with music by Bull, Sweelinck, Cornet, Scheidemann, Düben, Buxtehude, Reincken, Lübeck and Bach. Continuous research into the background and the sources of the music lend the performances of Pieter Dirksen a special quality.

Pieter Dirksen is a member of Combattimento as well as the chamber music group La Suave Melodia. He appeared in most European countries, the United States and Canada, and regularly gives masterclasses in chamber music and keyboard playing. He teached at the Organ Summer Academies in Haarlem, Göteborg and Smarano and is affiliated with the organ research at the Göteborg Organ Art Center. As a soloist he specializes in the rich seventeenth-century North-European repertoire as well as in the music of J.S. Bach. Among his numerous recordings the one devoted to the reconstruction of the earliest version of Bach's Art of Fugue and the complete recording of Sweelinck's keyboard music, in which he participated both as a player and musicologist, stand out in particular. The latter was awarded the highest Dutch prize, the Edison.

Pieter Dirksen plays on a harpsichord by Sebastiàn Nuñez


Solo harpsichord music

The complete works of:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann, Johann Jacob Froberger, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Böhm, Johann Sebastian Bach

c.200 Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti

And music by:
Byrd, Bull, Cornet, Philips, Gibbons, Tomkins, Purcell
Scheidt, Siefert, Schildt, Weckmann, Kerll, Reincken, Lübeck, Muffat, Pachelbel, Telemann, Handel, Hurlebusch, W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart
Chambonnières, Louis Couperin, Leroux, d’Anglebert, François Couperin, Jacquet de la Guerre, Rameau, Clérambault, Daquin
Aguilera de Heredia, Correa de Arauxo, Cabanilles, Soler
Frescobaldi, Picchi, Merula, Rossi, Poglietti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Galuppi, Paradies

Solo organ music

The complete works of:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann, Melchior Schildt, Anthoni van Noordt, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adams Reincken, Georg Böhm, Nicolaus Bruhns, François Couperin, Nicolas de Grigny, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

And music by:
Preston, Blitheman, Tallis, Bull, Gibbons, Cornet, Van de Kerckhoven
Hieronymus Praetorius, Jacob Praetorius, Scheidt, Siefert, Tunder, Weckmann, Kerll, Lübeck, Muffat, Pachelbel, Krebs, Mozart
Titelouze, Louis Couperin, Lebègue, d’Anglebert, Boyvin, Guilain, Marchand, Clérambault, Daquin, Balbastre, Franck, Chausson, Alain
Aguilera de Heredia, Correa de Arauxo, Cabanilles, Bruna
Frescobaldi, Merula, Rossi, Poglietti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti

Concertos with solo harpsichord

J.S. Bach 8 Concertos BWV 1052-1059r
  Triple Concerto BWV 1044
  Fifth Brandenburg Concerto BWV 1050
W.F. Bach Concertos in D, e and a
Goldberg Concertos in d and E-flat
De Falla Concierto
Poulenc Concert Champêtre
Distler Concerto op. 14
Martin Concerto