Biography Maria Milstein & Nathalia Milstein



Maria Milstein
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Maria Milstein studied in Amsterdam with Ilya Grubert, in London with David Takeno and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo (Belgium) with Augustin Dumay.

Maria is a prizewinner of major international competitions both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, such as "Città di Brescia" and "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" in Italy, the ARD Competition in Munich, the Lyon Chamber Music Competition and the Kersjes Prize in the Netherlands. In 2016, Maria is awarded the Fellowship of the Borletti Buitoni Trust.

Maria performs extensively across Europe in halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, BOZAR in Brussels, Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Cité de la Musique in Paris. She has appeared as a soloist with a.o. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Hague Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and worked with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michel Tabachnik, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Christian Arming and Reinbert de Leeuw.

A keen chamber musician, Maria formed the succesful Van Baerle Trio together with pianist Hannes Minnaar and cellist Gideon den Herder, one of the leading trios of its generation. After winning the ARD Competition and the Lyon Chamber Music Competition, the Trio made the ECHO Rising Stars Tour in 2014, peforming in famous concert halls all over Europe. The Trio already released two CD's, both praised in the international press, and is presently recording the complete works for piano trio by Beethoven for Challenge Records.

Maria's own debut CD « Sounds of War », recorded with pianist Hanna Shybayeva for Cobra Records and featuring Sonatas by Poulenc, Janáček and Prokofiev, received lavish reviews in the international press and won the Edison Klassiek Prize 2015 in the category “best chamber music album”. In October 2017 her second album “La Sonate de Vinteuil”, recorded with pianist Nathalia Milstein is released on the French label Mirare. ​

Maria plays on a violin by Michel Angelo Bergonzi (Cremona, ca. 1750), on loan from the Dutch Music Instruments Foundation, and holds a teaching position at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Nathalia Milstein
Born in 1995 to a family of musicians, Nathalia Milstein starts the piano at the age of 4 with her father Serguei Milstein. She enters his class in the Geneva Conservatory of Music in 2009, where she obtains her diploma with honours in 2012. In 2013, Nathalia enters the class of Nelson Goerner at the Geneva High School of Music.

In May 2015, Nathalia launches her international career by winning 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition. First female winner since the Competition's foundation, Nathalia gets engagements all over Europe and North America in the most prestigious halls, such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

Nathalia has won prizes at numerous competitions: she receives the First Prize at the « Flame » Youth Competition in Paris, the First Prize with distinction three times in a row at the yearly competition organized by the Geneva Conservatory of Music (2010, 2011 and 2012). In 2011, Nathalia receives the First Prize in the category « 16 and under » in the Fourth Manchester International Concerto Competition For Young Pianists, where she performs Chopin 1st Piano Concerto in E minor with the Manchester Camerata. In 2013, she is awarded the Second Prize in the Grand Concours International de Piano in Corbelin (France) and in May 2014, the First Prize in the category "Young Pianists" of the Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France).

Recently, Nathalia was awarded the 2017 Young Soloist Prize by the Médias Francophones Publics.

Nathalia Milstein has followed masterclasses with renowned professors such as Elena Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Jablonski, Jean-Marc Luisada, Vladimir Tropp, Mikhail Voskressensky, Jan Wijn, Menahem Pressler, and Nelson Goerner.

Nathalia performs in France and abroad, giving solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Europe; she has also performed for the French television and the Dutch radio. For several years she has been playing in duo with her sister violinist Maria Milstein.

Nathalia Milstein is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Geneva High School of Music in the class of Nelson Goerner.

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