Combining her natural sense of rhythm, warm sound and analytical approach to music, pianist Didel Bish creates an arresting presentation on stage. Being raised by a self-taught artist mother and literate father working in theatre, Didel grew up surrounded by creativity. The abundant exposure to a wide variety of cultural art forms shaped her to be the educated, curious, and broad-oriented she is today.
Born in the Netherlands, pianist Didel Bish has appeared as soloist with the Virtuosi Brunenses Orchestra, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, CvA Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra Netherlands, and Haydn Youth String Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Calefax Reed Quintet, the Rubens Quartet and as part of the piano trio Strings Attached at the International Harmos Chamber Music Festival in Portugal. With violinist Amarins Wierdsma, she participated in the Academy of Music under the guidance of Pierre Amoyal and Bruno Canino.
Prizing at the Prinses Christina, Steinway & Sons, International Franz Schubert Piano Festival in Bulgaria, and Hoorn Chamber Music Competition, her performances have taken her across the USA, Canada, Israel, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. She has performed in masterclasses with Thomas Ades, Hakon Austbo, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Krasovsky, Robert Levin, Jerome Lowenthal, Ronan O’Hora, John Perry, Igor Roma, Vladimir Tropp, and Tamas Ungar at the Banff Centre in Canada, International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Music Fest Perugia, and the Tel-Hai International Piano Festival. For the last one she received the In memoriam of Marina Bondarenko award.
Didel studied with Klara Würtz, Nata Tsvereli and Tamara Poddubnaya at the Prins Claus Conservatory. She earned a Bachelor and Master of Music under David Kuyken at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Generously supported funds from the Prince Bernhard Culture, VSB, Jacques Vonk, and Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude, she pursued her Graduate Performance Diploma under Ellen Mack at the Peabody Conservatory where she won the 2018’s Alice and Leary Taylor award in performance.
Since 2019 she has been a scholar of the International Piano Foundation of Theo and Petra Lieven. As a student of the Lieven Academy she participated in May 2019 in the first edition of the 23–Two Cubed Piano Masterclasses in the Musikverein of Vienna. Matched with soprano Diana Alexe by the foundation, they won the following prizes at the 54th International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic: 1st prize category ‘Junior’, 2nd prize category ‘Lied’, The Antonín Dvorák Society Prize for the best interpretation of Dvorák’s Songs and Národni dûm Prize for an excellent pianist. The summer of 2020 she was selected as a scholarship holder to take part in the foundation’s annual Vienna Summer School. Upcoming summer of 2021 she is invited again to be a part of these masterclasses of renowned piano teachers.
Additionally, Didel holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws from Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Her passion in law resulted in the continuation of her education at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. during her time in the United States. After her studies, she recently completed a 6 months long traineeship at the European Court of Auditors.