Niek Baar (1991) started to play the violin at the age of 8. Five years later he was admitted to the young talent class of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he was taught by Mireille van der Wart. In 2012 Niek received his Bachelor Diploma ‘cum laude’ from the same school, where he then studied with Philippe Graffin and Peter Brunt. In July 2016 Niek finished his Master studies at the “Hanns Eisler” Conservatory in Berlin with the highest possible score. Niek studied at this school with Prof. Stephan Picard. At the moment, Niek still studies privately in Munich with Professor Christoph Poppen.
Niek received masterclasses by great violinists and teachers such as Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Miriam Fried, Pavel Vernikov, Anner Bylsma, Hagai Shaham and Ivry Gitlis.
Niek is a prize winner of several national and international competitions like the ‘International Solo Bach Competition’ in London, where he received the First Prize. In July 2014 Niek won the third prize during the famous International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. Also in his home country Niek won several prizes during the National Violin Competition ‘Davina van Wely’ and the Princes Christina Competition. In December 2015 Niek received the “Kersjesprijs”, a prize given to young talented string players worth of 15.000 euro. And most recent in May 2017 Niek won the ‘Manfred Grommek Förderpreis’ at the Kronberg Music Festival in Germany.
Niek has participated in courses and given concerts in different countries throughout Europe such as Finland, Belgium, France, and Italy. In November 2012 Niek gave recitals in Costa Rica on invitation by the Dutch Embassy. In Holland Niek has performed as soloist or in chamber music groups in all major halls. Niek has also made solo appearances in different festivals in Holland like the Delft Chamber Music Festival, The Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, and the Bach festival in Dordrecht. As a result of the Bach Competition Leipzig 2014, Niek got to play in the Main Hall of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig during the prizewinner’s concert which was broadcasted on German ARD Radio.
As a soloist, Niek played with several orchestras: when he was 16 he made his solo debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the main hall of concert building, ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam. He has also performed with the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Camerata, Pauliner Kammerorchester Leipzig and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra of The Hague. In March 2013 he made his debut in de Concertgebouw with Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen and in January 2016 Niek made his solo debut in the Berliner Philarmonie with the Berliner Camerata. In 17/18 Niek will perform with Nobuko Imai in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and will give recitals with Ben Kim in Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Oriental Centre Shanghai and record his Debut CD with works of Schumann, Bach and Kurtag. In January 2018 Niek became first prize winner at the Dutch Violin Competition category Oskar Back.
Niek is extremely happy to be able to perform on a very special and rare violin made in the capital of violin making: Cremona, Italy in the year 1729 by Carlo Bergonzi. This violin belongs to the Tjardus Greidanus Foundation in Amsterdam and is given to Niek on a loan by this Foundation.