The Van Baerle Trio was founded in 2004 by 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 Conservatory of Amsterdam, at a stone's throw from the Concertgebouw, which they consider as their musical home.


After winning the Vriendenkrans Competition in 2011 in the Concertgebouw and performing there numerous times since, the Van Baerle Trio was nominated by the famous hall for "ECHO Rising Stars 2013/14", a tour which brought the trio to major concert venues across Europe, such as Vienna's Musikverein, the Barbican in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, L'Auditori in Barcelona and the Philharmonie in Cologne.


Before starting this European tour, the Van Baerle Trio already established its international reputation, having been awarded top prizes at the ARD Competition in Munich in 2013 and at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, receiving the Audience prize at both contests as well. 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 played for him on several occasions since. Eager to share their experience with the next generation of musicians, the members of the trio have been invited to teach at the Amsterdam Conservatory starting from 2014.


The Van Baerle Trio tours extensively throughout Europe and is a regular guest on radio and television, both in Holland and abroad. Among its appearances at France Musique was the radio programme "Génération...Jeunes Interprètes" of Gaëlle Le Gallic. Upcoming performances of the trio include the Bergen Festival, Rheingau Festival and Philharmonie Essen.


The first CD of the Van Baerle Trio with works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel was released in 2012 with Etcetera Records (KTC 1438). The recording received an Edison Award in 2013 and was praised in the national and international press: "extremely talented trio" (NRC Handelsblad), "highly expressive unit, worth discovering" (The Observer), "precise and well-balanced ensemble" (Classica).



Gideon den Herder (1986) 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.



Hannes Minnaar (1984) 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 (1985) was born in Moscow but grew up in France. She studied with Ilya Grubert in Amsterdam and with David Takeno in London, gaining her bachelor's and master's diplomas with distinction. From 2011 till 2014, she was Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, studying with Augustin Dumay. Maria won the second prize in the "Città di Brescia" international competition in 2007, the Kersjes Violin Award in 2010 and the 2nd prize and a special prize in the "Rodolfo Lipizer" international competition in 2011. In 2013 she collaborated with the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the recording of Saint-Saëns complete works for violin and orchestra (Zig-Zag Territoires). Maria plays a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.