Niek Baar 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” University of Music in Berlin where he studied with Prof. Stephan Picard. From summer 2016 Niek continued to study privately with Prof. Christoph Poppen. Two others musicians and teachers that inspired Niek very much where Mihaela Martin and dutch cellist Anner Bylsma.

 

 

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 of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. In his home country Niek won several prizes, most recent the first prize of the Oskar Back National Violin Competition. In December 2015 Niek received the “Kersjesprijs”, and in May 2017 Niek won the 'Manfred Grommek Förderpreis' at the Kronberg Music Festival in Germany.

 

 

Niek made his solo debut at the age of 16 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he performed with the Residentie Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philarmonie Saarbrücken, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Radio Philarmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands, Nederlands Kamerorkest, Berliner Camerata, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and others. In October 2019 Niek returned to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to play the Scottish Fantasy of Bruch in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

 

 

Highlights of the 2022/23 season will include a world premiere of a violin concerto written by Jonathan Dawe, live on German Radio. Several concerts with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in Germany, the Netherlands and South America. A tour in Northern Germany with the Philharmonie Rostock, performing Paganini’s second violin concerto. Shostakovich's first violin concerto in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. And a tour in The Netherlands with Dvorak Violin Concerto, performing it 7 times.

In recent seasons Niek played recitals with forte/pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Ben Kim. Paganini concerto with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Christoph Poppen, Sinfonia Concertante with Isabelle van Keulen and the 'Deutsche Kammerakademie' and several soloistic concerts with the Residentie Orchestra, Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra, North Nederlands Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

In January 2022 Niek recorded his first album ‘Obsession’ for Channel Classics/Outhere Music with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. The Album was released in the summer of 2022 and consists of works written by Tartini, Kreisler, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Ravel. In the past Niek made recordings for Avrotros, Challenge Classics and CPO. Niek's second album for Channel Classics/Outthere Music will be recorded in November together with his duo partner, Ben Kim.

 

 

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.