About

Biography

Anders Muskens (b. 1993) began modern piano studies at the age of 4 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He completed his Associateship in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto at the age of 15 under the tutelage of Dr. Irina Konovalov. He received numerous awards and scholarships from the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival in Edmonton CA, the Provost Music Festival Plaque at the Alberta Music Festival in Calgary CA, the  Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music Study, the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Award, and competed at the Canadian Music Competition National Final in Quebec CA.

He is currently studying historical performance on fortepiano and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague under Dr. Bart van Oort (fortepiano), Petra Somlai (fortepiano), and Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord). Anders has received masterclasses from Peter Van Heyghen, Jill Feldman, Siebe Henstra, Rachel Beesley, Eric Hoeprich, Walter Reiter, Raquel Andueza, and Michael Tsalka. Anders regularly performs as a soloist, an accompanist, a basso continuo player, and conductor. Anders plays on a variety of historical grand pianos, harpsichords, square pianos (tafelklaviers), clavichords, and spinets from different epochs and regions of Europe.

Anders co-founded Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in late 2016 with fellow harpsichordist Beniamino Paganini. He also worked with Ensemble La Favorita as one of the founding members in early 2017, and competed in the H.I.F. Biber competition in Linz AT, and played concerts in the Musica Antica Festival Bruges, the Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp as part of the International Young Artist’s Presentation 2017, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Mini Mozart Festival in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL. As one of the founding members of the baroque chamber ensemble L’isoletta di cigni, Anders will compete in the Göttingen Händel Competition.

He played continuo in a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Codarts in Rotterdam in February 2018.

Aside from these activities, Anders is a period composer and improviser, specializing in mid to late 18th century styles. He has written vocal, orchestral, and chamber works for a variety of settings. He completed several reconstructions of Mozart orchestral and chamber music fragments. 

Anders also founded and sits as president of Alberta Mozart Society, a non-profit organization headquartered in Edmonton, Canada with the goal of promoting interest and study in western music of the 18th and early 19th centuries.He also experiments with historical oboes and instrument design, and holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Instruments

  • Fortepiano
  • Harpsichord
  • Modern piano
  • Modern oboe (non professionally)
  • Baroque and Classical oboe (non professionally)