Aidan Mikdad

Aidan Mikdad (Amsterdam, 19 November 2001) is a Dutch classical pianist.

 

Recently, the Royal Academy of Music awarded him the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship to continue his postgraduate studies with Professor Joanna MacGregor. In June 2021, he graduated (at the age of 19) from the Conservatory of Amsterdam and received a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a perfect score (10) and the highest honour “summa cum laude”. Aidan was a student of Russian pedagogue and pianist Mila Baslawskaya from 2014 until 2021.

 

In May 2021, he participated in the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2021 and made it to the semi-finals as the youngest contestant (at the age of 19).

At 15 (2017), he won the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Recently he won the Pnina Salzman Memorial Prize at the Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israël. In 2016, he won the first prize of the Premio Internazionale Pianistico “A. Scriabin” for pianists up to 35 years of age, he also received the Tabor Foundation Piano Award from the Verbier Festival as a recognition of his potential and as an investment in his promise. At 13, he won the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Scholarship that was awarded to him by pianist Hélène Grimaud. In 2014, he won the first prize of the International Piano Competition of Lagny-sur-Marne. At 11 (in 2013), he won the first prize of the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Competition.

 

In the past two years, he has taken piano lessons with Sergei Babayan, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jonathan Biss, Victor Derevianko, Nelson Goerner, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, Alexander Mndoyants, Pascal Némirovski, Enrico Pace, Ferenc Rados, András Schiff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Natalia Troull, Asaf Zohar, and Joanna MacGregor. He has given recitals in Belgium, France, Germany, Israël, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland, and he performed live in television and radio programs in the Netherlands and France. In November 2019, he gave a debut recital in the Royal Concertgebouw which has been broadcasted live on Dutch radio. In January 2021 he was to make his debut in the United States where he would perform Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski. This concert was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.