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” Conservatory 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 Ander 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 during 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 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 )
Highlights of the 2021/22 season will be several duo concerts with forte-pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout. Vieuxtemps 4rd and Paganini second violin concerto with the SWR Radio Philharmonie, a tour with the Philharmonie Zuid Nederland as well as concerts and a cd recording with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.
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.
Born in Rotterdam and having lived there for more than 20 years, Niek now lives in Berlin since a couple of years. In his free time he loves to collect historic pianos and study Italian violins.