Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau
Wibi Soerjadi was born in Leiden in 1970. After four years of study with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, he took early final exams with the highest possible result: a ten with distinction. Wibi Soerjadi has won several prizes, including first prize at the Princess Christina Competition in 1985, first prize at the National Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians, third prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht in 1989, the Elisabeth Everts Prize, an incentive prize. for Dutch music talent of exceptional level, the Echo Klassik Award from the Deutsche Phonoakademie and he was the first to receive the Edison Klassiek Audience Award.
Wibi Soerjadi has frequently performed in renowned venues at home and abroad, including the Great Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Musikhalle Hamburg, and the halls of Valencia, Verona and others. , Berlin, Beijing and Guan Zhou. He has performed with many leading orchestras, including the Residentie Orkest, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
All of his CD and DVD recordings have been awarded multiple gold and platinum awards, which is unique in classical music. On September 24, 2005, at the invitation of Disneyland Resort Paris, Wibi Soerjadi gave an anniversary concert on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland California in the heart of Disneyland Paris. In 2006, Wibi Soerjadi celebrated his 25th anniversary as a concert pianist, on the occasion of which he performed a work on the historic Liszt Flügel 576 from 1862 during his Liszt recital 'The Art of Franz Liszt' in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. book by drs. Ben Daeter with the title Wibi Soerjadi - The Human Being, The Artist.
In 2007 Wibi Soerjadi was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. On May 22 of the same year, he gave a concert as a cultural gift from Her Majesty Queen Beatrix during her state visit to Slovakia. To conclude this state visit, he gave a master class to students of the Košice Conservatory in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix. In 2022, Wibi was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
In addition to being a concert pianist, Wibi Soerjadi is also a composer. He composed the freestyle Dance of Devotion for Anky van Grunsven, on which she won the 2008 World Cup and gold at the Beijing Olympics. He recently released a CD with only his own compositions. This CD has now reached gold status.
Wibi Soerjadi received a Classic FM Award on March 16, 2011, for his special contribution to making classical music accessible to a wide audience.
In recent years, Wibi Soerjadi played with Holland Symfonia (Sjostakovich); with the Noord Nederlands Orkest (Rachmaninoff 2, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1) , with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky 1), with the Residentie Orkest (Chopin 1, (Rachmaninov 3) and (Saint-Saëns), and with the Orchestra of the East (Prokofiev).
In December 2012 and January 2013, he celebrated his 20th Jubilem in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw in a Jubilee Concert (December 2), a Jubilee Christmas Gala (December 26) and a Jubilee New Year's Concert. In 2020, Wibi had already been in the business for 40 years, which will be celebrated in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw in December 2022 due to Corona.
Wibi Soerjadi gives many recitals throughout the Netherlands, including in his own series in his own home. Every year - for more than 25 years - he plays in a sold-out Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.