Frank van de Laar

Frank van de Laar (Laren, 1965) completed his studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam in 1989 with Jan Wijn with the highest possible distinction. He continued his studies in Hanover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and in Amsterdam with Naum Grubert. In 1987, he won third prize at the International Brahms Competition in Hamburg, and in 1988 he won first prize at the Postbank-Sweelinck Competition. In the same year, he made his debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw. Thereafter, performances at home and abroad, warmly received by press and public, followed one another in rapid succession. He gave concerts in America, Asia and almost every country in Europe, receiving many prizes and awards.

His repertoire covers the entire period from Bach to the present, with lesser-known old and new masterpieces also playing an interesting role. Moreover, he is very active in the field of chamber music. Numerous radio and television recordings captured his performances and he has now released more than twenty-five CDs.

He is a principal study teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Zwolle.