"Maria Milstein wins Dutch music prize."Luister, 19-1-2018
Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010, 3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2008, 2nd prize) and being awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction and took master classes with Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. In addition, he studied organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen.
Minnaar was soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, during which time he worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Jiří Bělohlávek, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, Edo de Waart and Xian Zhang. He gives recitals in many European countries and around the world. He performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musashino Hall (Tokyo) and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow) and was invited to the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Bordeaux (Jacobins) and Guangzhou.
Minnaar is also active as a chamber musician. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio he won prizes at competitions in Lyon (2011, CIMCL, 1st prize) and Munich (2013, ARD, 2nd prize). The trio gave 18 concerts in an international tour in the “Rising Stars” series in 2014, including the Barbican (London), Musikverein (Vienna) and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Minnaar also performed with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen and Mischa Maisky.
His two solo albums are highly acclaimed. His debut album was awarded an Edison and Gramophone published a full-page article about this album. The same magazine wrote about his second album “Bach inspirations”: “After Minnaar’s debut disc, this makes two hits in a row”. BBC Music Magazine selected it as “Instrumental choice of the month” with 5 stars.
Minnaar is currently recording all of Beethoven’s piano concertos for Challenge Classics. Other future concert highlights include Liszt’s Totentanz and a new concerto by Robert Zuidam with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Stenz – at which occiasion he will be awarded the Dutch Music Prize by the Dutch Minister of Culture – and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rustioni.
Gideon den Herder initially started at Monique Bartels in Amsterdam and at Hagen in Salzburg. In Zurich he obtained his solo degree with Thomas Grossenbacher. In baroque cello he trained under the guidance of Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. In 2003 Gideon den Herder won the title Young Music Talent of the Year, and in 2009 he won the old music competition À Tre in Trossingen (Germany) with the Trio Otone. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio Gideon den Herder won several prizes, including the Kersjesprijs and the first prizes of the ARD Competition 2013 in Munich and the international chamber music competition of Lyon in 2011. The Van Baerle Trio performs frequently and is a guest in famous venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Philharmonie in Cologne and the Barbican Center in London. Gideon den Herder has also been in charge of the cellular section since 2014 at the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. He played an instrument by builder Giuseppe Dall'Aglio with a bow attributed to Dominique Peccatte, both on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.
Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.
Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.
Maria Milstein wins Dutch music prize.
You are moving forward as a trio with Beethoven
["].. Mendelssohn wrote extremely virtuoso on the piano in chamber music, and these trios are therefore primarily a challenge for the pianist. Hannes Minnaar was apparently not only no difficulty, he also has audible pleasure and understands the youthful freshness spatter on all sides of these scores. Maria Milstein and Gideon den Herder go into virtuosity and fun completely with him. Gideon den Herder also wrote an excellent commentary on the history of the first version of opus 49. Bravo ! "
"The musicians fascinate with their skills to create very vivid dialogs and to let melodical arcs breathe and flourish in a lively and very strained way."
Coburger Tageblatt, 17-7-2015
"Virtuosos, musicians attack the famous scherzi Mendelssohn ties with a sparkling vitality, worthy of the author of Dream of a Summer Night. This not to mention a fine sensitivity, highlighting each dissonance with wonder we forget that these two trios owned for a century and a half, the classics of the repertoire."
Crescendo Magazine, 13-7-2015
"Not a lot of piano threesome's knows such a homogeneous character"
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"As a trio they operate as a real unity ... This always goes subdued - beautifully soft - or sparklingly exuberant in an always homogeneous beauty of sound."
The CD of this three young musicians is a revelation - chamber music at its best
hr2 - Kultur, 19-1-2015
Tipp - The Van Baerle Trio plays with extraordinary clarity and elagance. Besides the romantic impetus, the elastic lightness and pureness of this music remains obtained.
Music - 5 out of 5 stars
Sound - 4 out of 5 stars
Fono Forum, 14-1-2015
One of the very best formations of their guild. Both trios are presented in a smart, intimate and inspiring interpretation so that one can rediscover the often played pieces. A milestone of the Mendelssohn discography.
Musik & Theater, 12-1-2015
"This play unfolds itself with an intelligence level we are used to: clear, sensitive and vivavious"
De Telegraaf, 20-12-2014
"Highly energetic performances with a well balanced sound."
A refreshingly heartfelt and intimately played recording.
A Must-CD for Mendelssohn fans but also a recommendation for the others: The young van Baerle Trio from the Netherlands suprises with a dedicated recording of the two piano trios full of character.
Outstanding was next to the great interaction of these expressive musicians the substansial, powerfull ductus of the ensemble
Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung, 14-11-2014
The three young musicians show impressively what a piano trio can do during playing Debussy, Liszt and Tschaikowsky on an extremly high level - beautiful
Gießener Anzeiger, 12-11-2014
"With great enthusiasm and youthful passion, the former classmates play piano trios in an excellent manner"
The ensemble shows a high degree of artistical maturity and its technical sovereignty. The interaction is as if it is made from one piece and the tricky balance of sounds is always perfectly balanced
WDR3 TonArt, 04-11-2014
"Both trios sound highly attractive and smooth"
NRC Handelsblad, 03-11-2014
(...) a recording of music-history enormity. But at the end it is the absolutely overmastering play of the ensemble itself that ennobles this recording as a discographic godsense.
Südwest Presse, 22-10-2014
This three young musicians, all around 30, know how to touch the hearts of the listener with powerfull dramatic and floating lightness.
Isar Loisachbote, 23-9-2014
What could be better!
There is no way to play Mendelssohn better or in a more chamber music or more musical way.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 22-9-2014