Frank van de Laar
Frank van de Laar was born in Laren in 1965. At the age of ten, he began his piano studies , which he completed in 1989 at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam with Jan Wijn with the highest possible distinction.
He continued his studies in Hanover with Prof. 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, making his debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw in the same year.
Since then, performances at home and abroad followed each other in rapid succession and were warmly welcomed by press and public alike. He has performed in almost all countries in Europe, America and Asia, winning 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 have captured his performances, and more than 25 compact discs have already appeared.
He is a principal study teacher at the Amsterdam and Zwolle conservatories.