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.
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!
Photographs by Marco Borggreve