Pianist Wibi Soerjadi was born in 1970 in the Dutch city of Leiden. He studied with Jan Wijn at Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatory for four years, graduating early with the highest possible honours as well as special recognition for his abilities. He went on to win a range of prizes, including first prize in the Princess Christina Competition in The Hague and in the National Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians, third prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, the Elisabeth Everts Prize for specially talented musicians, the Deutsche Phonoakademie Echo Klassik Award and the first ever Edison Classical Music Award in the audience choice category.
Wibi Soerjadi has performed in renowned concert halls around the world including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein concert hall, the Hamburg Musikhalle and Carnegie Hall in New York, and he has delighted audiences in Valencia, Verona, Berlin, Beijing and Guan Zhou. He has played with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta de Valencia, the Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In extraordinary confirmation of his popularity, all of his recordings have achieved multiple gold and platinum statuses, a unique accomplishment in the world of classical music. At the invitation of Disneyland Resort Paris, he performed at a unique jubilee concert held there on 24 September 2005 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland California. In 2006, Mr Soerjadi celebrated his own 25th year as a concert pianist, performing during the Liszt recital, ‘The Art of Franz Liszt’, a work at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on the 1862 Bechstein piano which once belonged to Franz Liszt himself. In November of the same year, author Ben Daeter published his book Wibi Soerjadi: the Man, the Artist.
On 27 April 2007, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands awarded Mr Soerjadi with a knighthood in the Order of Oranje-Nassau at his estate “De Wulperhorst”. On 22 May 2007, he gave a concert on her behalf as a cultural gift in honour of her state visit to Slovakia and led a master class for top students of the conservatory of Kosice, at which she was a special guest, in conclusion of her state visit.
28 December 2007 marked Wibi Soerjadi’s last public concert on his Bösendorfer concert grand piano Imperial, nicknamed Bösie. He recalls that as one of the best performances of his career. The composition Bellazza, written for nine-time Dutch figure skating champion Karen Venhuizen, premiered on 9 March 2008 at the Aegon Challenge Cup in The Hague. 6 May 2008 saw the premier of Voor Mama (“For Mama”), during the CD presentation in Rotterdam, a musical tribute of love and gratitude to his mother.
On special commission, Mr Soerjadi composed music for Dutch Olympic dressage rider Anky van Grunsven and her horse Salinero. Dance of Devotion premiered in London on 18 December 2007 and was the backdrop to her success at the World Championships and Olympic Games of 2008. Since then, a CD of his own compositions, also entitled Dance of Devotion, has enabled Wibi Soerjadi to reach out to a new generation of music enthusiasts and establish himself as a modern musical artist.
On 16 March 2010 Wibi Soerjadi received a Classic FM Award for his special contribution to making classical music accessible to a wide audience. During his hearing loss he wrote his nine-part composition based on Lucius Apuleius’ tale of Cupid and Psyche.
Every year Wibi Soerjadi gives many recitals throughout the Netherlands and during the past years he was invited by Holland Symfonia (Shostakovich), The Hague Residentie ,Orchestra (2017, Saint-Saëns), Orkest van het Oosten (2017, Prokofiev), North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (2012, Rachmaninov 2; 2014 Prokofjev 3), philharmonie zuidnederland (2012, Tchaikovsky 1), Residentie Orkest (2013 Chopin 1; 2014 Rachmaninov 3 and Tsjaikovski 1), and Zeeuws Orkest (2015, Rachmaninov 2). In December 2012 and January 2013 he celebrated his 20 years jubilee with a series of solo recitals in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
In season 2017-18 will be soloist in Tchaikovsky 1st piano concerto with North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra; he will be playing at the opening concert of the World Music Concours in Kerkrade with Euregio youth orchestra Amikejo, and give various solo recitals.