Anders Muskens – (forte)piano ANDERS MUSKENS (1993) is a Canadian early keyboard specialist and director of Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester. Anders began modern piano studies at the age of 4 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He completed his Associateship in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto at the age of 15 under the tutelage of Dr. Irina Konovalov. He received numerous awards and scholarships including: first place at the Early Music Young Ensemble Competition at the London Exhibition of Early Music 2018 in a duo with soprano Tinka Pypker; the „Hofkapelle Elbe-Elster“ für das Jahr 2019 prize at the „Gebrüder Graun Prize“ 2018 in Bad Liebenwerda, DE with his ensemble Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester; the Provost Music Festival Plaque at the Alberta Music Festival in Calgary CA, the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival in Edmonton CA; the Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music Study; the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Award; and competed at the Canadian Music Competition National Final in Quebec CA. He completed his study of historical performance on fortepiano and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague under Dr. Bart van Oort (fortepiano), Petra Somlai (fortepiano), Fabio Bonizzoni and Patrick Ayrton for harpsichord. Anders co-founded Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in late 2016 with fellow harpsichordist Beniamino Paganini. He also worked with Ensemble La Favorita as one of the founding members in early 2017, and competed in the H.I.F. Biber competition in Linz AT, and played concerts in the Musica Antica Festival Bruges, the Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp as part of the International Young Artist’s Presentation 2017, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Mini Mozart Festival in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL. He has received recognition as an international artist and has performed in both Europe and North America at various centers, including the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the National Music Centre.