Arthur Schoonderwoerd is one of the most important fortepianists of his generation. His areas of special interest include the interpretation of music for the piano of the 18th and 19th, the unjustly neglected repertoire of this period, and the study of the various keyboard instruments of this period.
After receiving a Master of Music Degree in Modern Piano at the Conservatory of Music, Utrecht (the Netherlands), Arthur Schoonderwoerd attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied Historical Keyboards with Jos van Immerseel. In 1995, he was unanimously awarded First Prize and obtained his Master’s Degree. He went on to earn his Cycle de Perfectionnement with first-class honours.
In 1995, he was awarded both Third Prize and the Belgian Radio (BRT3) Prize at the 32nd Early Music Festival of Brugges, Belgium. In 1996, he was nominated the Juventus Laureate by the European Council at the sixth European Meeting of Young Musicians. He also was awarded the prize for the best solo performance for the 1996 Van Wassenaer Competition at the Ninth International Competition for Early Music Ensembles.
Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs solo concerts throughout the world. He also devotes his time to chamber music and to the repertoire of the Lied. He performs frequently with well-known singers such as Johannette Zomer, Hans Jörg Mammel, Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Druet, Jan Kobow, David Wilson Johnsen, and Mark Padmore, and with musicians such as Eric Hoeprich, Jaap ter Linden, Barthold Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelzet, Miklos Spányi, François Leleux, Marcel Ponseele. He conducts and performs with his orchestra, Cristofori, exploring and illuminating the repertoire for piano and orchestra in his own unique style.
All recordings in Arthur Schoonderwoerd’s discography are performed on historical pianos or facsimiles thereof. Since 2001, he has worked mainly with the Alpha label (awarded best label in 2005); his Alpha recordings include, among others, Dutch piano concertos and the complete piano concertos by Beethoven. Since 2011 he has start with Ensemble Cristofori a complete recording cycle of the Mozart piano concertos for the label “Accent”.
Since 2004, Arthur Schoonderwoerd has been teaching classes in historical keyboards and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) Barcelona, Spain.