Daria van den Bercken: why Handel deserves special treatment

28 May 2013, 13:31

Performing in mid-air for 10,000 people, and pulling a piano through the streets of Amsterdam? The Dutch pianist explains how she's bringing Handel's music to the masses.

After listening to the music of Handel, pianist Daria van den Bercken realised she needed to share his unique music with as many people as possible. But rather than performing in small concert venues and waiting for audiences to show up, she's decided to bring the music out to the masses, playing in a variety of unusual venues.

Speaking to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall, Daria explained the lengths she's gone to in order to get Handel's music out of the concert hall and into public consciousness: "I ended up playing on a piano towed by a car through the canals of Amsterdam, through the streets," she said. "This was a magical experience!"

Astute businessman, delicate composer, and famous Anglophile, Daria explains why Handel's music speaks to so many people, and shares the impetus behind her latest album, which sees her performing the composer's keyboard works on a modern piano.