The Trio with French horn player Rob van de Laar, violinist Mathieu van Bellen and pianist Thomas Beijer performs regularly in The Netherlands. The collaboration between these three top musicians resulted from the Dutch Music Award that Van de Laar received in 2017 and of which he used part of the budget for the production and release of a CD, on which works by Brahms, Pilss and Schumann can be heard.
Dutch horn player Rob van de Laar (1987) began playing the French horn at the Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg. In 2009 he completed his bachelor study at the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Herman Jeurissen and continued his studies with Wolfgang Vladar at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Between 2008 and 2013 Rob was a member of the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra; followed by an appointment as Principal Horn at the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, he became Principal Horn of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. As a guest principal, he has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul and Brussels Philharmonic, under esteemed conductors such as Bernhard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. As a soloist, Rob has appeared a.o. with the South Netherlands Philharmonic, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
Rob has a great passion for chamber music and has played at many national and international festivals. He has appeared with various ensembles such as Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Winds Ensemble.
In January 2017, Rob received the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Dutch Music Award), the highest accolade that can be awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to a musician working in the field of classical music. Rob has received financial support for his musical education from the Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument
Violinist Mathieu van Bellen (1988), was a prize winner and finalist of various (inter) national competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in London and the Wieniawski Competition in Poland; in the Netherlands he was prizewinner of both the Princess Christina and the Oskar Back Competition. He was ‘artist in residence’ in 2016 during the Grachtenfestival. In the series “Young Dutchmen” Mathieu gave a highly successful recital in the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in February 2017. Since 2014, Mathieu is founder and artistic director of the Scaldis Festival in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. From season 2017/18 he has taken over the baton from Christiaan Bor, as artistic director of the Traveling Music Company, which then celebrated its 35th anniversary. His first CD was released in November 2014, with solo works by Bach, Blaha and Bartók. Mathieu plays on the ex-Adolf Busch G.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin 1783) and with a bow by Dominique Peccatte, loaned to him by private sponsors.
Thomas Beijer (1988) studied with Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, finishing in 2011 for his Masters degree with the highest distinction. He followed masterclasses with, among others, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler and Murray Perahia. By winning the YPF National Piano Competition 2007 he placed himself at the top of a new generation of young pianists in the Netherlands. The international jury described him as “a very interesting musical personality with distinctive ideas about music, a true artist.” Thomas plays recitals in Europe and Asia and has played, as a soloist, piano concertos with the Residentie Orchestra, Het Brabants Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Nederlands Studenten Orkest. He has worked with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Nicholas Milton, Ed Spanjaard and Bas Wiegers. His repertoire ranges from seventeenth-century music to contemporary compositions. He has a special affinity with Spanish music; works by the composers Albéniz, Granados and De Falla are regularly part of his programs.
In addition to his solo performances, Thomas is also active as a composer and passionate chamber musician. He is a member of the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists and is a regular guest at Camerata RCO, the chamber music ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Thomas released four CD’s. His recordings are available worldwide in more than 40 countries. He receives support from a trust fund that has been made available to him by the Young Pianist Foundation.