Began his studies in Australia at the age of ten. His teachers have included Rebecca Penneys (piano), Paul O'Dette (performance practice/continuo), Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano) and Arthur Haas (harpsichord), and he holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music in the USA. A native of South Africa, Bezuidenhout is a versatile keyboard player who performs regularly on fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano in North America, Europe, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and Asia.
Some notable collaborations have included performances with Giuliano Carmignola, Pieter Wispelwey, Paul O'Dette, Daniel Hope, Jan Kobow, Malcolm Bilson, Concerto Köln, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Händel and Haydn Society, and the Nederlands Kamerkoor under Marcus Creed.
Bezuidenhout has appeared in the Boston, Bruges, Venice and Utrecht early music festivals, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland, the Brühler Schlosskonzerte in Germany, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, the Vermont Mozart Festival and the Poeke Fortepiano Festival in Belgium. In 2001, Kristian Bezuidenhout was awarded First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Thirty-eighth Festival of Flanders International Fortepiano Competition (Bruges), a double honour, this being only the third time the prize has been awarded in the history of the competition. In the same year he made his official New York debut at Carnegie Hall and released a disc of Mozart Sonatas and Fantasies on Fleur de Son.
In January 2004 he was a guest on NPR's Performance Today and performed solo fortepiano recitals at the Dumbarton Oaks.
Also in 2004, Bezuidenhout made his Symphony Hall debut in Boston with the Händel and Haydn Society under Grant Llewellyn. His performance of Beethoven's ‘Emperor' Concerto was described by Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe as ‘extraordinary and immensely expressive'.
Since 2003, Bezuidenhout has performed regularly with his duo partner, the German tenor Jan Kobow. In November that year, the two recorded Die schöne Müllerin for the Canadian label ATMA, and they will continue their survey of Schubert in the coming years.
He has served as a faculty assistant at the Chautauqua Institution and the Eastman School of Music, where he teaches fortepiano and eighteenth-century performance practice.