Alexander Jansen

Alexander Jansen (2005, The Netherlands) has been enchanted by music since he was 3 years old. He was barely 3 years old when he first started ‘conducting at a concert’ that he saw on TV. From the age of 7, Alexander received piano lessons from his mother, piano teacher E.  Jansen.

In those years, Alexander also developed musically at the Koorschool in Utrecht, where he learned ear training and sang in the choir. From the age of 10, Alexander has performed more and more in front of an audience. Concerts in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands culminating in a performance in the main hall of the Royal Concertgebouw with a group of the choir. In the same year he won 1st prize at the ‘Young Bohemia Festival’ in Prague.

Since the end of 2015 Alexander has been a student of Marjes Benoist and from September 2017 Alexander is part of the Academy of Musical Talent study for young talent at the Conservatory of Utrecht. He has been a student of Thomas Beijer at the Academy of Musical Talent since 2021.

The year 2018 was very successful. Alexander played (as the only pianist) in the final of the Royal Concertgebouw Competition 2018 in Amsterdam. In addition, Alexander was invited to play at the Lunch Concert in the Royal Concertgebouw. With orchestra, Alexander was allowed to perform in Den Bosch in “Le Carnaval des Animaux”. In 2018 Alexander also took part in the NBE Composition Competition. At this competition he won the Audience Prize and the Junior Royal Conservatoire Composition Prize.

In February 2019, Alexander participated in the YPF Junior Competition where he won the 3rd prize and the Henri Moerel Prize, which earned him a Masterclass by   Dominique Merlet in France.

In the summer of 2019, Alexander was invited to participate in the International Piano Festival in Switzerland. He played works by Rachmaninoff and Bach there. Alexander was in the final of the Royal Concertgebouw Competition for the 2nd time in 2019. Alexander also played a concert in 2019 with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra from Hilversum.

In 2020 Alexander won the 1st prize at the Music Competition 2020 and two prizes at the Princess Christina competition 2020. He also played in the Spiegelzaal for the NPO 4 radio program Spiegelzaal. In addition, he played a wonderful recital with the three other winners of the Princess Christina competition on one of the most beautiful grand pianos in the Netherlands in De Concertzaal in Schiedam.

In June 2021, Alexander won the Spotlight Competition, which resulted in a concert with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. In September he played the beautiful Piano Concerto No.  14 ‘Andantino’ by W.A. with this orchestra on ‘Muziek op het Amstel’. Mozart. In October 2021 Alexander played the 3rd concert of the YPF Young Virtuosi series. Alexander also enjoyed playing live on television in October 2021 in the classical music program ‘Podium Witteman’ on NPO 2.

Alexander has followed masterclasses by, among others Dominique Merlet, Edith Fischer, Ilya Scheps, Nino Gvetadze, Alberto Rosado, Severin von Eckardstein, Marietta Petkova and Nicolaas van Poucke.


Quarter Finals > Sunday 13 February | 13:30 – 14:10 hrs | Bimhuis
L. van Beethoven Sonata no. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27/2 ‘Mondschein’
W.W. van Nieuwkerk Fantasque
R. Escher Habanera
V. Kazandjiev Toccata
C. Debussy Préludes (2nd book) no. 6 Général Lavine – eccentric

Semi Final > Wednesday 16 February | 18:00 – 19:00 hrs | Bimhuis
J. Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114
F. Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, op. 22
J. Brahms Rhapsodie in B minor, op. 79/1
F. Chopin Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38

R. Namavar Ti’afa’a
L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37