I feel enormously privileged to be part of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust family. Not only does the Trust give financial support, but also it shares its experience and advice on how to use it in the best possible way. Love for music is shared by all people involved in the organisation. Contact with any of them is warm and personal. With their wonderful help and support I was able to release a CD debut reaching a public that goes beyond my dreams. I’m immensely grateful for this!Hannes Minnaar"
Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2008). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction. He also takes lessons with Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. He gives recitals in European cities such as Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts) and Toulouse (Cloître des Jacobins). In 2010 he was invited to the Bahrain International Music Festival. At the age of 17, Hannes Minnaar made his debut with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra with Alessandro de Marchi. Since then he has performed with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Orchestra of Belgium, and he has made debuts with many Dutch orchestras. He works with conductors such as Nikolai Alexeev, Marin Alsop, Frans Brüggen and Edo de Waart. 2013 saw his concerto debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Herbert Blomstedt. He is also an active chamber musician. With his Van Baerle Trio he regularly performs throughout Europe. The ensemble won the first prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition and they were chosen for this season’s ECHO Risings Stars programme with engagements in numerous important Europen concert halls. His CD debut with Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No.1 and Ravel’s Miroirs was released in October 2011 on Etcetera Records. A second recital CD was released in autumn 2013 on Cobra records under the title Bach Inspirations, with arrangements and further works inspired by Bach. Hannes Minnaar received a Fellowship from Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2011.
Photographs by Merlijn Doomernik, Marco Borggreve
Bach Inspirations CD on Cobra
"...inspirational fantasy with unfailing structural flair. His golden touch and linear sensitivity highlights the music’s internal logic, yet like a true Romantic he creates the impression that underlying Bach’s contrapuntal wizadry is a compelling emotional narrative."
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine March 2014 (Instrumental CD Choice of the Month)
"...every single performance by this 28-year-old Dutch pianist is out of the top drawer...After Minnaar’s debut disc, this makes it two hits in a row."
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone January 2014
"The title indicates the nature of this disc: music by Liszt, Busoni, Franck, Rachmaninov, Bauer, Vaughan Williams and Grainger which has been inspired by Bach. Minnaar's interpretation of the Busoni reworking of Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland is restrained yet intense. He plays through a phrase with a sense of continuity and purpose and his musical intelligence sings out."
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer 13 October 2013
Rachmaninov/Ravel CD on Etcetera
“This is indeed an astonishing debut... Minnaar is faultless in pacing the many climaxes of the outer movements to attain coherence of the whole, and the strongest sense of direction [ref Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No 1]...This is a disc which I will not be putting away for a long time yet.”
Nicholas Salwey, International Record Review Feb 2012
“...simply sensational...This is a definitive recording [ref Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No 1]...every note of the 40-minute piece is coloured and paced with anticipation and a keen eye for the structure of the whole narration. In this respect, Minnaar has few rivals...Minnaar has the makings of a great artist: a natural technique, musical intelligence, personality, modesty and a talent for hard work (so valued by Rachmaninov). In all, a most thrilling debut and an absolute must hear.”
Eric Schoones, International Piano Magazine Nov/Dec 2011
“...a very fine recording indeed...delicacy of touch, plenty of muscle though ... Very skilful playing indeed. Bold choices for a debut. Impressive.”
CD Review BBC Radio 3 14 January 2012.
“For his debut CD he displays further attributes as a convincing tonal colourist and ardent Romantic. I was much taken with the sound world Minnaar creates… He’s a natural talent with a bold streak. I wish him well.”
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone December 2011
“The sensational young Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar, international prize-winner and recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship…displays his extravagant gifts in this debut disc… Minnaar’s virtuosity needs no comment: we expect that. His musical intelligence, sense of line and structure, delicacy, subtlety of texture and discipline set him apart. His Ravel is muscular and sparkling, his Rachmaninov glowing, meticulous and fervent… Watch out for him.”
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer 20 November 2011
BBT Project: Showcase concert at 20 Mansfield Street, London
"DUTCH TREAT… I accept an invitation to hear young Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar in a regency living room with Persian rugs on the parquet, artworks on the walls and cherubs on the ceiling. It’s like Chopin giving a salon concert, especially when Minnaar plays the Polish composer in the second half, the audience dreamy with concentration, the bespectacled artist in his other-worldly trance, locks flowing, exploring the extremes in the Twenty-Four Preludes Op28… The owner of the regency lounge tells us that it is Minnaar’s first time in the United Kingdom. It will certainly not be his last."
Rick Jones Music Blog, 22 March 2012
Bach arr Liszt: Prelude in A minor BWV 543 (excerpt)
Bach arr Busoni: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BWV 734 (excerpt)
Franck: Chorale M.21 (excerpt)
Bach arr Bauer: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen, from BWV 127 (excerpt)
Following his critically acclaimed debut recital CD of Ravel and Rachmaninov, Hannes Minnaar’s CD Bach Inspirations features Bach transcriptions by Liszt, Busoni, Rachmaninov, Bauer and Vaughan Williams alongside works by Franck, Liszt and Grainger, all inspired by Bach.
Hannes Minnaar piano
Cobra 0038 | www.cobrarecords.com
CD RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2013
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Ravel: Noctuelles from Miroirs
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.1 (first movement excerpt, Allegro moderato)
For his debut CD, Hannes Minnaar has chosen works written in the first decade of the 20th century: Ravel’s Miroirs and Sonatine paired with Rachmaninov’s rarely performed or recorded Sonata No.1.
Hannes Minnaar piano
Etcetera Records KTC1432 | www.etcetera-records.com