Rik Kuppen

(Conservatorium van Amsterdam, free entrance)

  • 27 January at 16:15 hrs (selection round C, Sweelinckzaal)
  • 3 February at 13:35 hrs (first round C, Sweelinckzaal)
  • 6 February (quarter final C, Sweelinckzaal); time follows
  • 8 February (semi final C, Haitinkzaal); 14:15hrs


Rik Kuppen (Veghel, 1994) obtained his master’s degree in 2017 at the Koninklijk Conservatoriumin The Hague with Ellen Corver. In his first year of study he won the national final of the Prinses Christina Concours, which during his entire study helped him intensively with concerts and tours in, among others, Mexico, Malta and Croatia. During his training, Rik became interested in the song repertoire. During the final of the Internationaal Vocalisten Concours in Den Bosch (2015) he won the prize for young talented song pianist, awarded by Rudolf Janssen. In October 2017, Rik won a final place in the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award. His tour through Dutch concert halls took place between September 18 and October 10, 2018. Together with violinists Laura Lunansky and Coraline Groen, cellist Rogier Tamminga and viola player Michiel Wittink, he started the piano quintet ‘De Formule’: a new ensemble that, in addition to the classical repertoire and the conservative concert format, also focuses on the new possibilities of our time. In 2018 they won the Grote Kamermuziekprijs (first prize and the audience choice award). Together with clarinettist Jelmer de Moed, he forms a permanent duo. Rik has a Steinway grand piano on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.


Selection round

L. Janacek On the Overgrown Path: I, V
F. Chopin Etude in a op. 25 nr. 11
L. van Beethoven Sonate nr. 11 in Bes, op. 22: I. Allegro con brio

First round

E. Granados 8 Valses poeticos:Introducción, nr. 1, nr. 6, nr. 7
C. Debussy Images, L. 110: 1. Reflets dans l’eau
L Janacek On the Overgrown Path: I, V
L. Andriessen Image de Moreau
S. Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, op. 22: VIII, IX, XX
L. Berio 6 EncoresBrin, Luftklavier, WasserklavierFeuerklavier

Quarter final

J.S. Bach Engelse suite nr. 1 in A, BWV 806
W.A. Mozart Fantasia in c, KV. 475
F. Chopin Etude in a op. 25 nr. 11
C. Debussy Études, L. 136: nr. 4 ‘Pour les sixtes
S. Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux, op. 39: nr. 5
G. Ligeti Études: nr. 10 ‘L’escalier du diable’

Semi final

L. van Beethoven Sonate nr. 11 in Bes, op. 22
S. Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Chopin, op. 22