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.
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!
Photographs by Merlijn Doomernik, Marco Borggreve