Watch: Pianist Plays Handel on a Bike, Wins Amsterdam Prize

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Last year, the Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken took to the streets of Amsterdam, performing the music of Handel on a kind of rolling piano. The stunt was both preparation for her upcoming Handel recording and a unique outreach project to bring the keyboard works of Handel to a larger audience...out of doors.

On Friday, "Handel at the Piano" was awarded the 35,000 euro Amsterdam Prize, an annual honor given by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (other winners were dramatist and playwright Eric de Vroedt and graphic designer Irma Boom).

The award was first reported in Dutch media and on the blog Slipped Disc. Watch the video, Handel hits the road, below:

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