After completing his modern piano degree at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague in 1983, Bart van Oort studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland, also at the Royal Conservatory. In 1986 he won the first prize and the special Audience prize at the Mozart Fortepiano Competition in Brugges, Belgium, and he subsequently studied with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice in 1993. He has performed at festivals in Utrecht, Florence, Berlin, Antwerp, Brugges, Melbourne, Brisbane, York, Clisson, Montpellier, Moscow, and Esterhaza, in the USA and New Zealand, and has given lectures and masterclasses at the conservatories of Brussels, Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, Helsinki, Oslo, Bucharest, Sofia, Moscow, Stavanger, Bergen, Perugia, Trieste, Sydney, Adelaide, Wellington, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Juilliard, Bloomington, Old Domion, and Western Ontario. Bart van Oort teaches fortepiano and is a lecturer in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands).
Since 1997 Van Oort has made more than fifty recordings of chamber music and solo repertory, including the prize-winning 4-CD box set The Art of the Nocturne in the Nineteenth Century, the Complete Haydn Piano Trios (10 CDs) with his ensemble the Van Swieten Society, with Malcolm Bilson and five other fortepianists the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas and, with four other fortepianists, the Complete Haydn Piano Sonatas. In 2006 Bart van Oort completed a ten-year, 14-CD recording project, the Complete Works for Piano solo and Piano four-hands of Mozart. With his ensemble The Van Swieten Society Bart van Oort recorded Beethoven’s Beethoven (arrangements by Beethoven, chamber music by Carl Maria Von Weber and The Young Genius (early works by Felix Mendelssohn). Recent releases include Musing on the Ocean (Beethoven Scottish Songs) with soprano Lynn Dawson and Schubert and the Flute with flutist Marieke Schneemann. Released this summer 2011: 'Schubert at Home', chamber music by Schubert (including the Trout Quintet - with the Van Swieten Society). Recorded in 2011 and to be released: Songs by Maria Szymanovska (with Polish soprano Elisabeth Zapolska); Mozart Piano Concertos K466 in D minor and K467 in C major (with the Italian Barok Orchestra Accademia Hermans).