NEWS 22/08/2016 DUTCH MUSIC PRIZE
I am very happy to announce that I will be receiving the Dutch Music Prize, the highest accolade that can be awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to a classical musician. The prize will be awarded at the occasion of a performance of concertos by Franz Liszt and Robert Zuidam with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Stenz in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on October 1st (more info here). It’s the third time in its history the prize will be awarded to a pianist – the previous time 29 years ago. More information on the Dutch Music Prize is to be found here.
NEWS 12/08/2016 RELEASE OF A FAURÉ SACD + DVD
My next solo album will be released on Challenge Classics on September 29th. It contains a selection of Gabriel Fauré’s piano works, recorded in the Schiedam Westvest church at the beginning of this year. Apart from this ‘studio’ version on hybrid SACD, the package includes a DVD with a registration of the same pieces, recorded in recital at this intimate location.
NEWS 08/08/2016 ON TOUR WITH THE DUTCH NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA
In the coming weeks I will be on tour with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. We will be performing Brahms’s Second Concerto no less than six times on locations including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Konzerthaus. The concerts will be conducted by Xian Zhang and Antony Hermus. I’m greatly looking forward to it! More details are to be found in the concert calendar.
NEWS 29/03/2016 'SPOTLIGHT ON HANNES MINNAAR' IN CONCERTGEBOUW
For the 2016/2017 season, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw offers a subcription series titled 'Spotlight on Hannes Minnaar', consisting of three concerts in the recital hall: a solo recital, a piano trio recital with the Van Baerle Trio and a chamber music concert with the Heath Quartet. You can find out more via this link. Apart from this special series, there will be piano concertos by Liszt, Zuidam and Ravel in the main hall during the same season. Click here for an overview of my nearest performances in one of the world's finest acoustics!
NEWS 03/02/2016 NEW BEETHOVEN RELEASE ON SACD
As of today, a new disc with Beethoven's Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 is available on the Challenge Classics label, as a continuation of the complete cycle with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. Please click on the image or have a look at the discography page for more information. The recording is also available as a high-resolution download here.
NEWS 06/01/2016 RECORDING A NEW SOLO CD
At the end of this month I hope to record my next solo album, which will be completely devoted to piano works by Gabriel Fauré. The sessions will take place at Westvest90 – the same location used for my previous solo CD’s, and end with a live concert on 29 January. The release on Challenge Classics is scheduled for September this year.
NEWS 10/09/2015 TWO DEBUTES IN SEPTEMBER
Since quite a while I have been looking forward to the two orchestral debutes to make this month: with the The Hague Philharmonic (Het Residentie Orkest) and its new conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, I will perform Beethoven's First Concerto in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Heerlen and of course The Hague from 18 to 20 September.
One week later, Jiří Bélohlávek will be conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven's Fourth Concerto - me being in charge for the solo part... Concerts take place in De Doelen, Rotterdam on September 24, 25 & 27. Needless to say I'm hugely looking forward!
NEWS 10/09/2015 HIGH PRAISE FOR BEETHOVEN CD
The recording with Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth Concerto that has been released in the beginning of the year, has received much acclaim in the international press during the last few months. A few reactions:
"...so spannungsgeladen und frisch kommt einem dieses pianistische Standard-Konzertrepertoire Beethovens selten und schon lange nicht mehr auf CD entgegen..." Bayerische Rundfunk-broadcast and blog, 24 March
You can click on the quotes to see the complete reviews.
More reactions are to be found under the Discography-link in the menu.
NEWS 02/06/2015 LIVE STREAMING ON MEDICI.TV
The concert with the Van Baerle Trio in Paris tomorrow will be streamed live on Medici tv! We will be performing trios by Saint-Saëns (op. 18) and George Onslow (op. 83) in the Palazzetto Bru Zane festival, which takes places in Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. The video stream will be available for free until three months after the concert. France Musique will also broadcast the performance at a later moment (click here for details). You can follow the live stream by clicking here.
NEWS 19/03/2015 PERFORMING IN THE GREAT HALL OF THE MOSCOW CONSERVATORY
Coming Saturday I will be performing in Moscow's great conservatory hall at a special concert to celebrate Bach's 330th birthday. I'm looking forward to playing Bach transcriptions on a stage so full of history! It will be my Russian debut. More information (in Russian) is to be found here.
NEWS 27/02/2015 FIVE STAR REVIEW ON THE NEW BEETHOVEN CD
The new CD with Beethoven's Piano Concerto's nos. 4 & 5 has got the maximum of 5 stars in Dutch newspaper Trouw today: "...the level of the young pianist is always impeccably high. For his latest project - the five Beethoven concertos - he co-operates with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. That this is a successful combination does hardly surprise after the internationally acclaimed recordings of Beethoven's symphonies, made by the orchestra and conductor. [...] Chapeau." Read the complete review here (in Dutch).
NEWS 12/02/2015 BEETHOVEN COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTOS
The first Super Audio CD in the exciting project of recording Beethoven's complete piano concertos will be released coming Sunday! The disc was recorded last year May with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and contains Piano Concertos nos. 4 & 5. One special feature of the project is the use of non-equal tuning (as was common in Beethoven's time) on the piano, which brings the different key characteristics alive. This effect will be heard also in the concert which preludes the release and which will be broadcast live from the Concertgebouw on NPO Radio 4.
NEWS 04/02/2015 UK CONCERTO DEBUT
A performance of Beethoven’s 5th Concerto is always something to look forward to, but those of the coming weekend will be extra special for me, since they will be my UK concerto debut! The concerts with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena will take place in Manchester (Bridgewater Hall) and Hanley (Victoria Hall). Please have a look at the agenda section for more information.
NEWS 17/09/2014 UPCOMING CD RELEASES
Two new CD's will appear on Challenge Records at the end of this month!
With the Van Baerle Trio, I've recorded a Mendelssohn CD including the world premiere recording of a very interesting early version of the 1st Piano Trio, which differs in many details (and actually, not only details) from the final, more well-known version.
Next to that, there will be a 4CD-set containing Beethoven's complete sonatas for piano & violin with violinist Isabelle van Keulen.
Click on the cover images for more information.
NEWS 20/08/2014 RECENT APPEARANCES ON RADIO AND TELEVISION
Some of Hannes Minnaar's performances have been broadcast on Dutch national radio and television last week and are available in streaming audio/video through the links below:
NEWS 21/06/2014 RAVE REVIEWS FOR BACH INSPIRATIONS!
The Bach Inspirations CD has received much acclaim in national and international press during the last year. BBC Music Magazine selected the disc to be ‘instrumental record of the month’ in their March issue and gave the maximum of 5 stars for both performance and recording quality. Gramophone’s reviewer Jeremy Nicholas gave it the ‘Editor’s choice’ label in January. Click on the titles below to see complete reviews.