About us

We’re on a mission

and that’s bringing the wealth of amazing piano music to an even wider audience

About the organisation

Expressing our love of music

Internationally renowned pianist Daria van den Bercken came up with the idea for the Piano Biënnale. The festival provides a platform for musicians who want to venture away from the well-trodden paths to reach new and wider audiences with their piano music. It’s an invigorating festival in which the piano takes centre stage, surrounded by a variety of other genres and art forms. A journey that starts with music, but ends absolutely anywhere via every art form imaginable. A feast for aficionados and newcomers to concert halls alike. Come with an open mind and eager curiosity!

Daria van den Bercken

About Keys to Music Foundation and founder Daria van den Bercken

Internationally renowned pianist Daria van den Bercken set up the Keys To Music Foundation five years ago. In her own words, ‘… to work on projects in her own way and to her own taste.’ And, of course, as a musician to make music more accessible to new and younger audiences.

To publicise her music, she started taking her piano playing to her audiences, instead of getting them to come to her – she’s played the piano while being towed down Amsterdam’s canals, and even while dangling from a crane high above her audience! And she’s become an international smash hit with projects like Handel at the Piano and Keys to Mozart. In a popular TED Talk, she explained how a state of ‘pure, unprejudiced amazement’ is what fuels her.

Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is a multiple prize-winning artist. Daria is widely celebrated for her ‘musical affection and an immaculate virtuosity’ (Gramophone), as well as being ‘a model for musicians of the future’ (Amsterdam Art Prize Jury).

Team Piano Biënnale

Daria van den Bercken heeft samen met zakelijk leider Jill Pisters een team van professionals in de cultuursector om zich heen verzameld. Met een projectleider, een productieleider, twee marketeers en een perscontact wordt er in april 2023 een mooie Piano Biënnale neergezet.

Op de foto v.l.n.r. Willemieke Frank, Annemarie van Huet, Jill Pisters, Raoul Petersen, Daria van den Bercken, Marleen Paping (niet op de foto: Marjolein van Ruiten)

Daria vd Bercken

Artistiek leider


Jill Pisters

Zakelijk leider

+31 (0)6 413 183 17

Raoul Petersen


+31 (0)6 24 2222 17

Annemarie van Huet



Marleen Paping



Willemieke Frank


+31 (0)6 24 73 34 12

Marjolein van Ruiten


+31 (0)6 200 62 844

Speciale dank aan

David Djindjikhachvili, die veel beeldmateriaal voor de Piano Biënnale ontwikkeld heeft.

Take a look at some of the Keys to Music Foundation’s other projects.

Daria van den Bercken’s TED Talk

In this TED Talk, she explains how a state of ‘pure, unprejudiced amazement’ is what fuels her.

A Handel Surprise

Daria van den Bercken also made a film, especially for TEDxAmsterdam, about how one piece of music can evoke so many emotions and responses.

Keys to Mozart

What is it that makes Mozart so universal? A quest exploring the inner structures of Mozart’s music.

Keys To Music Foundation

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