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Chris Breemer


I was born in 1952 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was put on piano lessons from an early age, with the elderly teacher across the street with whom the other family members had lessons too. The talent people said I had never quite manifested... I did not like most of the music I was given, and did not like practicing, preferring instead to roam the neighborhood with my friends, exploring the few barren places which still, even at that time, had not been rebuilt after the devastating bombing of World War II. When our elderly teacher suddenly died, I went to music school for a year or so but this was more of the same, and eventually I quit.

By that time I had discovered, and fallen passionately in love with, the music of Chopin and Liszt, and after that came many composers which I just had to play. For many years, I worked my merry way through vast stretches of repertoire, however still resisted any form of practicing. This sorry situation continued for several decades. What eventually changed my ways, and made me take music seriously, was the discovery of Piano Society in 2005. This gave me the incentive to take lessons again (with Evelina Vorontsova and Folke Nauta) and and to work on repertoire best as I can. As there is so much I want to play and record, and time is  scarce, some compromise is inevitable though.

My unstinting admiration for Bach (only acquired during the last decade or so) led me to also take up playing organ, taking lessons fom Stephen Taylor and Gerrit Christiaan de Gier. Connected with that, because I have no organ at home yet need to practice, I am one of the organists of the Protestante Gemeente Nieuwegein-Noord (PGNN). I feel that playing organ is of great benefit to playing the piano - much more so than the other way around. Few things are so deeply thrilling and satisfying as blasting out one of these great Bach chorales In Organo Pleno.

Playing with other people is another thing I feel to be of enormous benefit to one's musical development. Accompanying a church service is a great experience, and I also play piano regularly together with other people, having a violinist partner, a cellist partner, and a piano partner. I would eventually like to accompany a good singer too and/or take part in a trio or quartet.

I studied mathematics and qualified as a math teacher. However instead of making good on that, I stepped into software development, as many people did at the time, and stuck there. I now work as a senior technical support specialist for a large IT company, trying to sort out all these horrible problems that nobody else wants to deal with. In my spare time I like running, windsurfing, and making music, and I serve as an administrator on Piano Society. I live in a tiny burg in the middle of the Netherlands with my wife and two dogs, son and daughter having moved out. I can be reached on cbreemer@hotmail.com.


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Recordings
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Albéniz - Espańa 
Alkan - Esquisses 
Alkan - Miscellaneous 
Alkan - Preludes 
Arne - Con Spirito 
Bach - Chorale Preludes 
Bach - Clavier Übung III  
Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge 
Bach - English Suites 
Bach - French Suites 
Bach - Inventions and Sinfonias 
Bach - Kirnberger Chorales (Organ) 
Bach - Musikalisches Opfer 
Bach - Leipziger Chorales (Organ) 
Bach - Orgelbüchlein 
Bach - Preludes and Fugues (Organ) 
Bach - Preludes, Fantasias, Fugues  
Bach - Schübler Chorale (Organ) 
Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier 
Bartok - Folk Songs from Csik 
Bartók - For Children 
Bartók - Hungarian Peasant Songs 
Bartok - Mikrokosmos 
Bartók - Petite Suite 
Bartók - Romanian Christmas Carols 
Bartók - Romanian Folk Dances 
Bartók - Sonatina 
Bartók - Ten Easy Pieces 
Beethoven - Bagatelles 
Beethoven - Sonatas 
Bowen - Sonatas 
Boyce - Voluntary in C 
Brahms - Intermezzi 
Brusa - Marche Funebre 
Busoni - Sonatinas 
Buxtehude - Chorale Preludes 
Buxtehude - Miscellaneous 
Cavazzoni - Intavolontura Libro primo 
Croft - Voluntary in D minor 
Cui - Preludes 
Debussy - Arabesques 
Debussy - Children's Corner 
Debussy - Miscellaneous 
Debussy - Petite Suite 
Debussy - Suite Bergamasque 
Dukas - Miscellaneous 
Dvorak - Legends 
Dvorak - Mazurkas 
Dvorak - Slavonic Dances 
Dvorak - Waltzes 
Eilenberg - Petersburger Schlittenfahrt 
Elgar - Miscellaneous 
Falla - El Sombrero de Tres Picos 
Falla - Miscellaneous 
Falla - Siete Canciones populares Espańolas 
Faure - Barcarolles 
Fauré - Nocturnes 
Frescobaldi - Canzoni 
Gerhart - Studies in Song 
Ginastera - 12 American Preludes 
Godowsky - Java Suite 
Godowsky - Triakontameron 
Granados - Miscellaneous 
Granados - 2 Marchas Militares 
Grieg - Four Album Leaves 
Grieg - Holberg Suite 
Grieg - Humoresken 
Grieg - Lyric Pieces 
Grieg - Norwegian Folk Songs 
Grieg - Slĺtter 
Grieg - Stimmungen, Op.73 
Griffes - The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan 
Grovlez - L'Almanach aux Images 
Halffter, E - Miscellaneous 
Halffter, R. - Bagatelas Op.19 
R.Halffter - Sonatas de El Escorial 
Hamelin - Con Intimissimo Sentimento 
Ireland - Prelude 
Janáček - On an Overgrown Path 
Kapustin - Concert Etudes 
Kapustin - Miscellaneous 
Kapustin - Preludes Op.53 
Kapustin - Preludes and Fugues Op.82 
Kapustin - Sonatas 
Kapustin - Sonatina Op.100 
Keeble - Diapason movement 
Ketčlbey - Characteristic Pieces 
Liadov - Piano Pieces 
De Leeuw - Lydic Suite 
Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage 
Liszt - Consolations 
Macdowell - Woodland Sketches 
Medtner - Fairy Tales 
Mendelssohn - Organ Sonatas 
Moeran - Piano Pieces 
Mompou - Pessebres 
Mompou - Preludes 
Mozart - Miscellaneous 
Mozart - Sonatas 
Mozart - Symphonies 
Mozart - Variations 
Mussorgsky - Miscellaneous 
Nin-Culmell - Tonadas 
Ornstein - Miscellaneous 
Ornstein - Nine Miniatures 
Pachelbel - Chorale Preludes 
Pachelbel - Fantasias 
Palmgren - Finska Rytmer  
Poulenc - Suite Française 
Poulenc - Three Novelettes 
Rachmaninov - Miscellaneous 
Ravel - Miscellaneous 
Respighi - Antiche Danze ed Arie 
Rodrigo - Cico Piezas del Siglo XVI 
Rodrigo - Miscellaneous 
Rodrigo - Tres Danzas de Espańa 
Rubbra - Miscellaneous 
Saint-Saëns - Miscellaneous 
Saint-Saëns - Waltzes 
Scarlatti - Sonatas 
Schubert - Moments Musiaux 
Schumann - Kinderszenen 
Schumann - Waldszenen 
Shostakovich - Preludes and Fugues 
Sibelius - Five Pieces Op.75 
Sibelius - Five Sketches Op.114 
Sibelius - Pensees Lyriques Op.40 
Smetana - Polkas 
Stenhammar - Three Small Piano Pieces 
Streuff - Six Late Intermezzi 
Suk - About Mother, Op.28 
Tajcevic - Balkan Dances 
Takemitsu - Piano Pieces 
Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young 
Tchaikovsky - The Seasons 
Telemann - Fantasias 
Tucker - Despair 
Turina - Danses Gitanes 
Turina - Femmes d' Espagne 
Turina - Femmes de Seville 
Tveitt - Hardanger Tunes 
Ullmann - Sonatas 
Vaughan Williams - Piano Pieces 
Villa-Lobos - Giua Prático 
Villa-Lobos - Miscellaneous 
Walther - Organ Chorales 
Warlock - Capriol Suite 
Wesley - Pastorale 
Yevlakhov - Leningrad Sketches 
Zipoli - Sonate d'Intavolatura 
Psalms (Organ)