The Goldberg Variations recording has won an Edison Award, one of the oldest music prizes in the world. It was selected by the jury in the category ‘solo instrument’. From the jury report: “Minnaar lets the music speak for itself and does not force anything, but he still makes embellishments here en there in an interesting way. Everything sounds intelligent, light and flowing and makes perfect sense.” Find out more about the album on the recordings section of this website.
A new double album with all 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich will be released on September 23. This gigantic 20th-century masterpiece has been fascinating me since my youth, and in the last few years I have finally been able to spend time with the cycle as a whole. In October there will be some complete live performances – please check the calendar for details. You can order your signed copy already through my webshop.
From 8:30 PM tonight, a concert stream of last month’s programme with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Anthony Marwood – including Chopin’s Second Concerto – will be available for rewatching. You can visit the website of Amsterdam Sinfonietta for free tickets. Enjoy!
I was honoured to be guest editor-in-chief of this month’s Luister – one of the most renowned classical music magazines in The Netherlands. The issue includes interviews and articles on, amongst others, Beatrice Rana, piano builder Chris Maene and De Waalse Kerk, as well as an extensive interview about my latest recording and a report of my first encounter with Glenn Gould’s iconic version.
On September 24 my Goldberg Variations recording will be released! It was made after the tour last year that meant so much to me and to many listeners. Daan Manneke’s ‘Gedanken zu Bach’, which was composed especially for the occasion, has been included on a bonus disc. I ‘m looking forward to performing the Goldberg Variations again later this season (check the calendar for details). The recording is already on sale in my webshop.
Nox has got amazing acclaim in the Dutch press during the last months. It has received 5-star reviews in main newspapers De Volkskrant, NRC and Trouw and a similar review in Het Parool. All of these newspapers have included the album in their ‘best of the year’-lists (NRC – Trouw – Volkskrant – Parool). Besides, NRC has included my Rachmaninoff 3 performance with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Valentin Uryupin in their ‘best classical concerts of 2020’-list.
To buy a signed copy of my recordings, please visit my little webshop! At the moment, delivery is only possible in the Netherlands.
On September 24 my new solo album Nox will be released! It’s all about the theme of night, its magic and its delusions. The programme contains Schumann’s Nachtstücke, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and a brandnew piece by Robert Zuidam titled Nox (check this small excerpt). Find more information on the recording section on this site. I’ll be on tour with this programme in recital from November, starting in Muziekgebouw aan het IJ on November 7.
A live registration of last month’s Goldberg Variations concert in De Waalse Kerk Amsterdam can now be viewed (and listened to) online – it’s the first video on my YouTube channel! The programme also includes Daan Manneke’s ‘Gedanken zu Bach’, composed specially to accompany Bach’s iconic work in a tour through monumental churches through the Netherlands – my first concerts after the lockdown.
What an unique experience and great honour it was to perform at the Prinsengracht Concert last Saturday! With the Van Baerle Trio, I was asked to replace Janine Jansen (who is – of course – unreplaceable!) at short notice. This year’s edition took place without the usual crowd of people and boats for obvious reasons. We played pieces by Ravel, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert and Arensky and my trio colleagues left me alone for the Aria from the Goldberg Variations… The entire concert was broadcast live on Dutch television and can be rewatched.
What a strange yet exhilarating feeling to be playing in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam again. My ‘orchestra’ is the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam and violist Simone van der Giessen. For your streaming pleasure, here is an arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 by an unknown contemporary of his.
Truly happy to announce that I will be playing live concerts again from July 1st! In the vast spaces of six monumental churches in Zwolle, Amsterdam, Breda, Naarden, Rotterdam and Groningen, I’ll be performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, preceded by a new composition by Daan Manneke, Gedanken zu Bach, composed during the corona crisis especially for this tour. There will be a maximum of 100 tickets per concert to guarantee your safety. For the tour schedule, please refer to the calendar.
On February 28th I had the honourable job of playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen in Belfast. It turned out to be my last performance as a soloist before the lockdown. The concert was broadcast on BBC 3, and with their kind permission you can listen to a 5-minute fragment of the Concerto and the encore I played. Enjoy!
This day, ten years ago, I played in the finals of the renowned Queen Elisabeth Competition. The Piano Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns is still very dear to me. Enjoy the live recording with the Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. See the video on my YouTube channel.
Don’t you think that playing Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a nice way to kick off the Beethoven year? I had the pleasure to play it twice in the Concertgebouw, with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Valentin Uryupin, and both concerts were reviewed by a national newspaper. Click on these links for the reviews in NRC and Trouw (in Dutch).
Daan Manneke’s magnum opus Grote Archipel, written for six pianists (each of them performing their ‘own’ movement) has been recorded live last year and issued now. Palazzetto Bru Zane has released an extensive portrait of Fernard de la Tombelle on 3 CDs, including a world première recording of his Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic under Hervé Niquet with yours truly as the soloist. Last but surely not least, the Van Baerle Trio has reached Volume 4 of the Complete Beethoven piano trios.
I am happy to announce that as of today I am joining EJ-Arts for General Management representation – a step which makes me very much look forward to what the future is going to bring. You can find all contact and booking details in the footer of this site. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Alferink Artists Management for nine years of collaboration, and I wish them all the best for the future.