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"For his first solo album, he chose German, Romantic horn music. His interpretation proves once again what a beautiful instrument the horn is."Stretto, 08-8-2017
The Dutch horn player Rob van de Laar was born in 1987 in Helmond. He was a member of the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 until 2013, when he was appointed Principal Horn of Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, he has become Principal Horn of the Mozarteumorchester, Salzburg. As a guest principal, he has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul and Brussels Philharmonic, under esteemed conductors such as Bernhard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
As soloist, Rob has appeared with the Brabants Orkest, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, playing concertos by Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss.
Rob has a great passion for chamber music and has played at many national and international festivals, including the Orlando Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the Tblisi International Wind Festival. He has appeared with various ensembles such as Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Winds Ensemble.
In January 2017, Rob received the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Dutch Music Award), which is the highest accolade that can be awarded by the Performing Arts Fund to a young talented musician working in the field of classical music.
Thomas Beijer (1988) is a young pianist and composer praised for his excellent technique and artistic integrity. A clear and profound musical insight is evident in his performances and compositions.
Born and based in The Netherlands, Thomas Beijer enrolled at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with Jan Wijn. He took masterclasses with Jorge Luis Prats, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Pascal Devoyon, Jacques Rouvier and Elza Kolodin. Thomas Beijer concluded his Master's study in 2011 by graduating with the Highest Distinction.
By winning the prestigious Young Pianist Foundation National Piano Competition in 2007, Thomas Beijer positioned himself at the top of a new generation of pianists in The Netherlands. The international jury characterized Beijer as a 'very interesting musical personality, with distinctive ideas about music. A true artist'. From the age of ten Thomas Beijer performed recitals in Europe and Asia. As a soloist he played piano concertos by among others Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Brahms, Franck, Ravel, Gershwin and Adams, with orchestras such as The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, The Brabants Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Netherlands Student Orchestra. He worked with conductors like Neeme Järvi, Nicholas Milton, Ed Spanjaard and Bas Wiegers.
His repertoire ranges from seventeenth-century music to contemporary compositions. Thomas has a special affinity with Spanish music; works by Albéniz, Granados and De Falla are often part of his recital programmes.
Thomas Beijer is a multitalented musician. Besides his performances as a concert pianist he is also a composer and a passionate chamber musician.Thomas is a member of the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists and a regular guest of Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Thomas Beijer's debut CD with compositions by Johannes Brahms was released in 2008. In 2012 he presented his second CD with works by Rachmaninoff. Thomas was signed by Lyrone Records in 2013 which resulted in the release of Canción y Danzaand the preparations for his fourth CD. His recordings are available in over 40 countries worldwide. Thomas receives support from a trust provided by the Young Pianist Foundation.
For his first solo album, he chose German, Romantic horn music. His interpretation proves once again what a beautiful instrument the horn is.
A beautiful production that puts several compositions for horn in glorious light.
Music Emotion, 01-6-2017
... a manifest of a young generation Dutch top soloists
Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017
This debut CD from horn player Rob van de Laar in combination with Thomas Beijer (keyboards) and Mathieu van Bellen (violin) is absolutly not boring.
Kerk en Leven, 05-4-2017
I was determined to win this prize
Klassieke zaken, 24-3-2017
Rob van de Laar lets his horn sing in this romantic program. His playing shows a lot of nuances without lacking virtuoso power where it is needed.
The Dutch Music Prize, a debut CD, a 'concertfilm' in the making ... The career of horn player Rob van de Laar is progressing well.
The Dutch horn player Rob van de Laar released a first solo CD with compositions from German Romanticism. His interpretation proves yet again what a beautiful instrument, the horn is.
Klassiek Centraal, 18-1-2017
Plaatpaal on Radio 4
NTR Radio 4 Plaatpaal, 16-1-2017
An altogether promising debut by a van de Laar, still on the way up, and greatly helped by his colleague musicians and, need it still be said, an exemplary recording by North Star Recording Services in the famous facility of the Galaxy Studio in Mol, Belgium.
HR Audio, 07-1-2017
Hornplayer makes his instrument sing
The award of the Dutch Music Prize brings a lot of commotion in his already busy life. However Rob van de Laar has no choice: with music, and the horn in particular, lies his heart.
Eindhovens Dagblad, 05-1-2017
Bugler Rob van de Laar (1987) will recieve the Nederlandse Muziekprijs in Maastricht this Thursday.
Reformatorisch Dagblad, 04-1-2017
Philharmonie Zuidnederland and bugler Rob van de Laar playes Brabants new years concerts.
bugler Rob van de Laar wins the music price
De Limburger, 03-1-2017
''Listen and let yourself be fascinated.''
NRC Handelsblad, 02-1-2017
''Nederlandse Muziekprijs for bugler Rob van de Laar''
Blik op nieuws, 02-1-2017
''Bugler Rob van de Laar, who receives the Nederlandse Muziekprijs Thursday, feels 'a strong moral duty for the title'.''
If we don't even see the worth in that, than where do we live for?
De Volkskrant, 02-1-2017