The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by the pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder. The name of the trio refers to the street where it all started: the Van Baerle street in Amsterdam. The three musicians met there during their studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, at a stone‘s throw from the Concertgebouw, which they consider as their musical home.
After winning the 2011 Vriendenkrans Competition in the Concertgebouw and performing there on numerous occasions since, the Van Baerle Trio was nominated by this celebrated concert hall for ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14, a tour which brought the trio to major concert venues across Europe, including Vienna‘s Musikverein, the London Barbican, Cité de la Musique in Paris, L‘Auditori in Barcelona and the Philharmonie in Cologne.
Before starting this European tour, the Van Baerle Trio had already established its international reputation, after being awarded top prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2013 and the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, as well as receiving the audience prize at both contests. In the Netherlands the trio was awarded the Kersjes Prize, a bursary which supports an outstanding, young Dutch ensemble each year.
The Van Baerle Trio was formed under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and received lessons from Ferenc Rados and Claus-Christian Schuster, among others. The encounter with Menahem Pressler in 2008 was a great inspiration to the three musicians, who subsequently played for him on several occasions. Eager to share their experience with the next generation of musicians, the trio members have been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since 2014.
The Van Baerle Trio’s debut CD, featuring works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel, received an Edison Award in 2013. This CD was followed by an album dedicated to Mendelssohn’s piano trios, which includes the world premiere recording of the early version of his Piano Trio in D minor. The latest project of the Van Baerle Trio is recording the complete piano trios by Beethoven, of which the first volume just appeared.
Hannes Minnaar studied piano with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, concluding his studies with distinction in 2009. Hannes won prizes at the Concours de Genève and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, deFilharmonie, and the National Orchestra of Belgium, under conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Eliahu Inbal, Marin Alsop and Frans Brüggen. Hannes was awarded a Fellowship by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2011. His debut CD with works by Rachmaninoff and Ravel as well as his second CD "Bach Inspirations" were highly praised both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Violinist Maria Milstein was born in Moscow but grew up in France. She studied with Ilya Grubert in Amsterdam, with David Takeno in London and with Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Maria is a prizewinner of international competitions such as ''Città di Brescia'' and "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer", and received the Kersjes Violin Award in the Netherlands. Maria won an Edison Award 2015 for her debut CD ''Sounds of War'' with Hanna Shybayeva. In 2016 Maria was awarded a Fellowship by the Borletti Buitoni Trust. In 2018 Maria will receive the Dutch Music Prize, the highest award for a classical musician in the Netherlands. Maria plays a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Gideon den Herder studied cello with Monique Bartels in Amsterdam and Clemens Hagen in Salzburg, where he gained his master‘s diploma with distinction. He completed his training with Thomas Grossenbacher in Zürich, gaining there his Soloist‘s Diploma. He has also studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. Gideon den Herder was named Young Music Talent of the Year in 2003; with the Trio Otono he won the „À Tre“ early music competition in Trossingen, Germany in 2009. Since 2014, Gideon is principal cellist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. He plays a cello by Giuseppe dall‘Aglio, and a bow attributed to Dominique Peccatte, both on loan to him from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.