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25 September 2014
"''Here tone can be a bit sharp, but her intense musical talent and the fact that she's playing together with Hannes Minnaar makes it al up.''"NRC Handelsblad, 28-7-2016
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.
''Here tone can be a bit sharp, but her intense musical talent and the fact that she's playing together with Hannes Minnaar makes it al up.''
NRC Handelsblad, 28-7-2016
Airplay BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3, 13-2-2016
Yomiuri Newspaper, 24-7-2015
"The recording as a whole has class."
"The intelligent mixture of historically informed, traditionally characterized and sharply analytical playing is truly convincing."
Klara's Top 10 !
"There are many superb integral recordiongs of the violinsonantas of Beethoven, but this one [..] with two Dutch top musicians, deserves a spot on top of the list."
"[...]an irresistible mixture of classical purity, poetry and spontaneous vitality."
Klara's Top 10, 23-2-2015
5 Tuning forks (diapasons)!!
"What ideas, alacrity, strength of conviction! Van Keulen’s Beethoven speaks, moves, describes his mood swings and rejoices.
[...]The violinist demonstrates great authority, to the side of the Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar who by naturalness and phantasy, reminds us of a young Friedrich Gulda."
"Van Keulen en Minnaar play as if they are a duo for years: the same intense approach, the same energy."
La Libre Culture, 21-1-2015
"Dark, whispering lines of Van Keulen above the incentive chords in the Adagio espessivo of the Tenth Sonata - unrivalled."
NRC Handelsblad, 19-1-2015
Recommendation of the month
Fono Forum, 14-1-2015
Both perform on the highest level, technically wide above the tracks and shape the continous dialog of equal partners, which is demanded from Beethoven all the time, in a confident way. (...) Isabelle van Keulen's playing of the violin is sparkling clean and full of colours and nuances, her sophisticated sound and her brilliant technique corresponds perfectly with the piano playing of Hannes Minnaar.
Fono Forum, 14-1-2015
"Als het gaat om veelzijdigheid is niemand zo snel als de Nederlandse violist Isabelle van Keulen."
Fono Forum, 12-1-2015
["].. The lingering melodious Adagio was wondrously beautiful. With eyes closed it was compliant - the name of the symphony- dreaminf well of a winter landscape with all of that vastness and romance."
Eindhovens Dagblad, 15-12-2014
This week Plaatpaal
Radio 4 Diskotabel, 10-12-2014
["].. Van Keulen en Minnaar are slightly more adventurous, inquisitive, and therefore perhaps still slightly more exciting."
Klassiek Centraal, 01-12-2014
WIN CD in newsletter and website AVROTROS (RADIO4)
Nieuwsbrief en website AVROTROS klassiek (Radio4), 17-11-2014
I would certainly recommend this set, especially for what it is: shedding a different light on, and giving another insight in Ludwig van Beethoven’s oeuvre for piano and violin.