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, Sweelinck (essays, 2002) and Scheidemann, and critical editions appeared with music by Bull, Sweelinck, Cornet, Scheidemann, Düben, Buxtehude, Reincken, Lübeck and Bach.

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, Smarano, Weener and Palencia, and is affiliated with 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 and Domenico Scarlatti. Among his numerous recordings Last year the recording of his reconstruction of the earliest version of Bach's Art of Fugue appeared, while the complete recording of Sweelincks keyboard music, in which he participated both as a player and musicologist, was awarded the highest Dutch prize, the Edison.

Pieter Dirksen plays harpsichord on an instrument by Sebastiàn Nuñez


Solo harpsichord music

The complete works of:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann, Johann Sebastian Bach

And music by:
Byrd, Bull, Cornet, Philips, Gibbons, Tomkins, Purcell
Scheidt, Siefert, Schildt, Weckmann, Froberger, Kerll, Buxtehude, Reincken, Böhm, 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, Domenico Scarlatti, Paradies

Solo organ music

The complete works of:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Scheidemann, Melchior Schildt, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adams Reincken, Georg Böhm, 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, van Noordt, Kerll, Lübeck, Muffat, Pachelbel, Bruhns, Krebs, Mozart
Titelouze, Louis Couperin, Lebègue, d’Anglebert, Boyvin, Guilain, Marchand, Clérambault, Daquin, Balbastre, 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 7 Concertos BWV 1052-1058
  Triple Concerto BWV 1044
  Fifth Brandenburg Concerto BWV 1050
W.F. Bach Concertos in D, e and a
C.Ph.E Bach Concertos in a Wq 1, in g Wq 6, in c Wq 37, in F Wq 38
Goldberg Concertos in d and E-flat
De Falla Concierto
Poulenc Concert Champêtre
Distler Concerto