Florian Verweij

Florian Verweij (1997, The Netherlands) studies as a master student with Naum Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest remarks in 2020 with Jan Wijn. At age eleven he was admitted to the Young Talent Department of the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied with Marcel Baudet. At seventeen years old, Florian continued his studies with Jan Wijn. He attended masterclasses with Rian de Waal, Dmitri Alexeev, Stephen Kovacevich, Enrico Pace, Boris Berman and Leslie Howard, among others.

In 2018, Florian participated in the 16th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, where he became a finalist. The Dutch cultural foundation Classic Young Masters selected Florian in 2015 as Classic Young Master, offering him a two-year personal coaching programme. After the selection concert, he also received the Audience Award. In the same year, he was awarded the Labberté-Hoedemaker Prize at the Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen. At the Young Pianist Foundation Competition in 2013, Florian – as the youngest participant – received the Guus Janssen Prize for the most promising performance of the contemporary piece  Walden Pond with Passing Train (Guus Janssen, 2012). During the national finals of the Princess Christina Competition in 2013, he won the second prize in the category 15 – 19 years old.

Florian has performed as a soloist with several orchestras. In 2021 and 2018, he performed Saint-Saëns’ Le Carnaval des Animaux with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2019, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 multiple times with Sempre Crescendo. He performed multiple times with the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Piano Concerto no. 2 by Shostakovich. Furthermore, he was a soloist with string orchestra Amsterdam Sinfonietta playing Mozart’s Piano concerto no. 12, and he performed Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor and Beethoven’s Piano concerto no. 3 with the Frisian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016, Florian made a tour through Greece at the invitation of the Dutch Embassy in Athens. In 2015, he participated in a tour through Canada and the USA at the invitation of the Princess Christina Competition and the Netherlands America Foundation. There, he performed at memorial concerts celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers. Additionally, Florian has performed in Switzerland, Germany and France.


Quarter Finals > Friday 11 February | 15:00 – 15:40 hrs | Bimhuis
L. van Beethoven Sonata no. 26 in E flat major, op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’
S. Prokofiev Visions fugitives, op. 22 ‘Pittoresco’
S. Prokofiev Piano Sonata no. 2 in D minor, op. 14

Semi Final
J. Brahms Horn Trio in E flat major, op. 40
F. Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte, op. 102
F. Liszt Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia quasi sonata, S161/7

R. Namavar Ti’afa’a
L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major ‘Emperor’