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Paul Komen made his debut when he was 12 years old with a radio recording, playing works by Bach and Scriabin. He studied piano at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam with Prof. Jan Wijn and finished these studies cum laude.
He continued to study with Prof. Hans Leygraf in Hannover, György Sandor in New York and with György Sebok in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. In 1989 he made his American debut with recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York and at the National Gallery in Washington.
Paul Komen recorded many CDs with works by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Mompou, Scriabin, Chopin and Shostakovich. For one of his CDs he received an Edison Award in 1994. Aside from playing on the modern piano, Paul Komen became a specialist in the 1990's in performing on historical instruments, which led to many invitations from festivals such as The Early Music Festival Utrecht, Musica Antigua in Barcelona, The Dresdner Festspiele, The Festival of Flanders in Belgium, Festspiele Sans Soucis in Potsdam and Le Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron. During the 2000-2001 concert season, Paul Komen performed Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in a series of six recitals on the modern piano as well as the fortepiano in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Beethoven Haus in Bonn. After this, he made two European tours with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Frans Brüggen, performing Beethoven’s first and third piano concertos.
In 2003, he made a CD recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
for the Beethoven Haus in Bonn and played at the Saintes Festival as a soloist with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées with Philippe Herreweghe. In 2006, he made several additional tours with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, this time with Mozart concertos. Apart from his solo recitals and concerts he frequently plays chamber music with his Trio Amédée, the Ludwig Trio, as a piano duo with Georgian pianist Nata Tsvereli and as a duo partner of cellist Troels Svane. Paul Komen is head of the piano department of the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen and is piano professor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He was the teacher of Nino Gvetadze and Olga Kozlova, both Prize Winners of the Liszt Competition.