Rotterdam born violinist Niek Baar (1991) is currently a masterstudent at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlijn with Prof.Stephan Picard. Ealier Niek studied with Peter Brunt and Philippe Graffin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he finished his bachelor cum laude in 2012.
Niek has followed masterclasses with musicians such as Anner Bylsma, Liza Ferschtman, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Christoph Poppen, Pavel Vernikov and Ivry Gitlis.
Niek succesfully took part in various competitions. In july 2014 Niek was the first Dutch violinist ever to achive the finals of the prestigious Int. Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. Niek won 3rd prize at this competition. In 2010 Niek was first prize winner at the Solo Bach Competition in London. In september 2015 he was awarded the Violin Scholarschip by the ‘Kersjes Fonds’.
Niek performs on a Carlo Bergonzi ‘ex Vornbaum’, Cremona 1729. Generously loaned to him by the Tjardus Greidanus Foundation.