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It is an incredible honour for me to have been chosen for a BBT Fellowship in 2016. The Fellowship allowed me to finally realise a project I have been cherishing for some years –recording with my sister pianist Nathalia, focusing on a programme of French music around Marcel Proust and his masterpiece, 'À la recherche du temps perdu.' I am hugely grateful for the incredible support and guidance of the BBT team in the past year, and look forward immensely to the realisation of my plan this coming year!

Maria Milstein"

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Maria Milstein studied in Amsterdam with Ilya Grubert, in London with David Takeno and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Augustin Dumay.

Prizewinner of major international competitions such as "Città di Brescia" and "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" in Italy, the ARD Competition, the Lyon Chamber Music Competition and the Kersjes Prize in the Netherlands, Maria performs extensively across Europe, appearing as a soloist with a.o. the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands, National Orchestra of Belgium, The Hague Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and working with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Michel Tabachnik, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Reinbert de Leeuw.

Maria has been awarded the 2018 Dutch Music Prize, the highest award for classical musicians in the Netherlands.

Maria's début CD Sounds of War, recorded with pianist Hanna Shybayeva and featuring Sonatas by Poulenc, Janáček and Prokofiev, received lavish reviews in the international press and won the Edison Klassiek 2015. Maria’s second album La Sonate de Vinteuil, supported by her 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was recorded with her sister, pianist Nathalia Milstein.

Together with pianist Hannes Minnaar and cellist Gideon den Herder, Maria founded the Van Baerle Trio. After winning the ARD Competition and the Lyon Chamber Music Competition, the Trio made the ECHO Rising Stars Tour in 2014. The Trio is currently recording the complete Beethoven piano trios.

Since 2014 Maria has taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Maria plays on a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi on loan from the Dutch Music Instruments Foundation.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

  • Recording of a CD for Mirare themed around Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu
  • Video of the recording
  • New photos
The Vinteuil Sonata

The Vinteuil Sonata

Pierné: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 36 ii Allegretto tranquillo

Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata in D minor Op 75 iii Allegretto moderato

Debussy: Violin Sonata i Allegro vivo


One of the most famous musical enigmas in literature, the fictional Vinteuil Sonata at the heart of Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), is the inspiration for a new CD featuring sibling musicians Maria (violin) and Nathalia Milstein (piano).  Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) Fellowship winner, Maria Milstein, held dear the idea of a recital based on the imaginary Vinteuil Sonata for some years and did not hesitate to make it a reality when awarded her BBT Fellowship in 2016. The result is The Vinteuil Sonata on the Mirare label.

Maria Milstein violin
Nathalia Milstein piano


Pierné:
Violin Sonata in D minor Op 36
Hahn: A Chloris, L’heure Exquise
Saint-Saëns:
Violin Sonata in D minor Op 75
Debussy: Volin Sonata

Mirare MIR384 | www.mirare.fr

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

MARIA AND NATHALIA MILSTEIN PLAY HAHN’S À CHLORIS

Invetstigating Proust’s musical inspriation behind In Search of Lost Time
While recording their album The Vinteuil Sonata, which explores Marcel Proust’s musical inspirations behind À la recherche du temps perdu, sisters Maria and Nathalie Milstein were filmed playing the two Reynaldo Hahn song transcriptions that appear on the Mirare disc.   In this UNIK ACCESS film (images Bénédicte Banet and sound Franck Jaffrès), Hahn’s À Chloris weaves its magical spell, enhanced by the films hypnotic intercutting.  Maria is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner (2016) and put some of her prize to both the recording and films.

MARIA AND NATHALIA MILSTEIN PLAY HAHN’S L’HEURE EXQUISE

Invetstigating Proust’s musical inspriation behind In Search of Lost Time
While recording their album The Vinteuil Sonata, which explores Marcel Proust’s musical inspirations behind À la recherche du temps perdu, sisters Maria and Nathalie Milstein were filmed playing the two Reynaldo Hahn song transcriptions that appear on the Mirare disc.   In this UNIK ACCESS film (images Bénédicte Banet and sound Franck Jaffrès), Hahn’s L’heure exquise (The exquisite hour, originally setting Verlaine) is from the set of seven Chansons grises.  Maria is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner (2016) and put some of her prize to both the recording and films.

Artist Website

www.mariamilstein.com/

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General Management

Mirjam Warris at Alferink Artists Management
telephone + 31 20 664 3151
info@alferink.org
www.alferink.org

Germany

Therese Markgraf at Künstlersekretariat Markgraf
telephone +49 8171 31874
mail@kuenstlersekretariat-markgraf.de
www.kuenstlersekretariat-markgraf.de

France

Nicole Viciana at International Art Management
telephone +33 4 93 53 10 60
nicoleviciana@international-art-management.org
www.international-art-management.fr