Press and public describe Hannes Minnaar as a pianist who knows how to convey the essence of the music. They praise his spontaneity, natural play and ease, which does not get bogged down in superficiality. Minnaar won recognition at the Concours de Genève (2008, 2nd prize) and the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010, 3rd prize), among others. In 2016 he was awarded the Dutch Music Prize.
Minnaar performs as a soloist and with orchestra throughout Europe and beyond. Herbert Blomstedt, Antony Hermus, Xian Zhang and Jirí Belohlávek are some of the conductors he has worked with. He is also a passionate chamber musician, including in the Van Baerle Trio, which he founded with Maria Milstein and Gideon den Herder. His recording of Beethoven’s Keizersconcert with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Jan Willem de Vriend was chosen as a recommended recording by the BBC Radio 3 program Building a Library. His solo CDs are also praised. Gramophone wrote about his debut CD with works by Rachmaninoff and Ravel: ‘He is a convincing sound painter and an ardent Romantic. A natural talent with a daring streak.” About Nox, his CD with works by Schumann, Ravel and a specially composed cycle by Robert Zuidam, Het Parool wrote: “Minnaar joins the ranks of the great pianists of our time.” recording of the Goldberg Variations was also widely acclaimed, including a Diapason d’Or.
Highlights in the 2022-23 season include a recital of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 preludes and fugues opus 87 (which will also be released on CD), the Dutch premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Trauermarsch with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and James Gaffigan at a Saturday Matinee in the Concertgebouw and a recital program that he will perform in the United Kingdom.
Hannes Minnaar plays an Erard grand piano from 1858 at home, which he has on loan from the National Musical Instruments Fund.