Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Beets, Peter, pianist; b. The Hauge, 12 June 1971. From birth he was surrounded by music: classical from his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz from his father who is a gynecologist and jazz fan.
Brothers Marius (b. Voorschoten,1966) and Alexander (b. the Hague,1968) become professionals on string bass and tenor saxophone, respectively.
The family moved in 1972 to Groenlo, where Peter received his first piano lessons at the age of six.
After college, Peter studied from 1989 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. At first, he combined his music studies with law school, but then decided to concentrate exclusively on music.
In 1988 Peter won the Pall Mall Swing Award and a year later the Princess Christina Award. He soon began recording with his brothers and with other artists. Peter became a much-wanted pianist both inside and outside the Netherlands, and accompanied, among others, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels and Rita Reys.
In 1998 he finished his conservatory studies, and won the Parisian Prix Martial Solal. He also became the regular pianist of The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. and won in 1999 another prize, the Concours de Solistes de Jazz in Monaco.
He has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, Chris Potter and John Clayton.
The Beets Brothers: The Beets Brothers (1990), School is Closed Now (1993),Brotherwise (1995); Peter Beets: First Date (1996), Powerhouse (2000), All Or Nothing At All (2001), New York Trio (2001), New York Trio, Page Two (2002)
Curtis Fuller and the Peter Beets Quartet: Live (1999)
Live recording in Theater 't Klooster in Nuenen (2001).
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