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"I see my life in terms of music." - Albert Einstein

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.

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Ludwig van Beethoven
The Complete Piano Concertos (reissue)
Hannes Minnaar | Jan Willem de Vriend | The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Shostakovich
24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
Hannes Minnaar
Gabriel Fauré
Piano Music (Reissue)
Hannes Minnaar
Johann Sebastian Bach, Daan Manneke
Goldberg Variations
Hannes Minnaar
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Symphonies & Concertos (box set)
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Various composers
Nox
Hannes Minnaar
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Works for Piano Trio (box set)
Van Baerle Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Works for Piano Trio vol. 5
Van Baerle Trio | Residentie Orkest The Hague
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Piano Trios vol. 4
Van Baerle Trio
Complete Piano Trios vol. 3
Van Baerle Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Piano Trios vol. 2
Van Baerle Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Piano Trios vol. 1
Van Baerle Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The Complete Piano Concertos
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Piano Music
Hannes Minnaar
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concertos 4 & 5
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trios
Van Baerle Trio
Complete sonatas for piano and violin
Isabelle van Keulen / Hannes Minnaar

Videos

Isabelle van Keulen & Hannes Minnaar
Hannes Minnaar - Gabriel Fauré - Nocturne No. 13 in B Minor, Op.119
Van Baerle Trio - Scherzo of the 'Archduke Trio'
Hannes Minnaar (piano) - excerpt from 'Nox - V. Perseids passing' - Robert Zuidam
Hannes Minnaar - NOX