Born: June 12, 1971 Primary Instrument: Piano
Peter Beets is one of the most recognized piano giants of our time. He is acclaimed and praised worldwide and his star keeps on rising, while his creativity keeps increasing. In variable musical activities, from the accompaniment of 'first lady of jazz' Rita Reys or guests of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw to latin-jazz and his timeless arrangements of classical music, Beets' personality and signature are always unmistakably audible. the many awards he has received through the years are the Edison (Dutch Grammy, 2010), the Prix Martial Solal (1998) and the Pall Mall Export Swing Award (1988). In spite of his relatively young age, Beets made a substantial number of impressive recordings, most notably 7 CDs for the renowned Criss Cross label, recorded in New York.
Peter Beets has been successfully touring with his trio in most countries in Europe as well as in Japan, Russia and the USA. He played twice at the famous New York club Birdland for a week and at the high class Lincoln Center in New York. Also memorable are his performances at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Seattle's Jazz Alley, Yoshi's in Oakland and the Composer's Union Hall in Moscow. An extraordinary duet for two grand pianos with Chick Corea in the main hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw resulted in regular performances of Peter's trio there since April 2005.
Awards:Pall Mall Swing Award - Dutch (1998) Princess Christina Award - Dutch (1999) Prix Martial Solal - Paris (1998) Concours de Solistes de Jazz - Monaco (1999) Edison Award (2010)
Such an awesome talent should be cherished and applauded, as it isn't an everyday occurrence. Beets is a fully grown monster, and it may not be long before Jazz lovers on both sides of the ocean become aware of that. -Jack Bowers, Cadence
The best young pianist I've heard in the last ten years. Beets leaves nothing unsaid. He swings with authority, creates constantly, improvises as though he was born doing it, and all of this with a light and lithesome touch. He's so good that it would make little difference what tunes he chose. Peter Beets is going to scare the hell out of some people. - George Fendel, Jazzscene
The title of one of Beets' originals -Admirable- is an appropriate metaphor for all of them. Stylistically, he's a lineal descendant of such quintessential boppers as Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, Bobby Timmons and Wynton Kelly and is closely attuned to their modern progeny but with a lyrical outlook and rhytmic conception of his own underscored by tasteful, cogently structured lines that always swing and a technique that rivals anyone this side of vintage Oscar Peterson. -Jack Bowers, Cadence
Strong playing, exciting solos, straight ahead excellence, a world class jazz act -Austin American Statesman, Down Beat
World class improviser -Ted Panken, Down Beat, Jazziz, WKCR
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