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. From summer 2016 Niek also studied privately with Prof. 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. In his home country Niek won several prizes, most recent the first prize of the Oskar Back National Violin Competition, giving him concerts as a soloist with all the main orchestras in Holland and a cd recording. In December 2015 Niek received the “Kersjesprijs”, a prize given to young talented string players worth of 15.000 euro. And 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.
Niek made his solo debut at the age of 16 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he performed with the North Netherlands Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Radio Philarmonic Orchestra, Atheneum Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Camerata, Gelders Orkest, 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 ( Concertgebouw )
In 20/21 Niek will return as a soloist in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performing Ravel and Dvorak with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. Other Highlights will be concerts with the Philharmonie Zuid Nederland the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concertos with the Philarmonisches Orchester Vorpommern and duo concerts with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.
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.