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, and in 2018, she receives the Dutch Music Prize - the highest recognition for a classical musician in the Netherlands awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
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, and is voted "best CD of 2017" by the Dutch press.
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.
Born in 1995 to a family of musicians, Nathalia Milstein starts the piano at the age of 4 with her father Serguei Milstein and enters his class in the Geneva Conservatory of Music in 2009. In 2013, Nathalia enters the class of Nelson Goerner at the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique, where she completes her Bachelor and Master's degrees with distinction. In 2017, Nathalia moves to Berlin to study at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, first with Nelson Goerner, then in the newly created studio of Andras Schiff.
Nathalia launches her international career in 2015 by winning 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition and gets engagements all over Europe and North America in the most prestigious halls, such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In the same season she makes a brilliant debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Marcelo Lehninger.
Nathalia is a prizewinner of several youth competitions, among others the “Flame” Competition in Paris and the Manchester International Concerto Competition. Later on she became laureate of the 2013 Grand Concours International de Piano in Corbelin (France) and the 2014 Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France). She was also awarded the Young Soloist Prize by the Médias Francophones Publics in 2017.
Throughout her studies, Nathalia Milstein has received valuable advice from renowned professors and pianists such as Daniel Barenboim, Mikhail Voskressensky, Elena Ashkenazy, Vladimir Tropp, Jan Wijn, Enrico Pace or Menahem Pressler.
Nathalia performs in France and abroad, giving recitals all over Europe, appearing in major festivals such as La Roque d'Anthéron, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, La Folle Journée, New Ross Piano Festival, Lille Piano Festival, Zaubersee Festival or Radio France Festival.
Very keen on chamber music repertoire, Nathalia performs regularly with renowned musicians and is invited to international chamber music events, such as the Intonations Festival in Berlin, the West Cork Festival in Ireland, Lavaux Classic in Switzerland, the Schiermonnikoog Festival or the Scaldis Festival in the Netherlands. She also appears on the last CD recording of the Prazak Quartet dedicated to works of Smetana.
For several years she has been playing in duo with her sister violinist Maria Milstein. Besides a busy concert schedule, they have also recorded two albums together - “La Sonate de Vinteuil” (2017) and “Ravel Voyageur” (2019) - both on the French label Mirare. For more information about the duo, click here.
Supported by the Safran Foundation (Paris) and the Foundation “Tempo” (Geneva), Nathalia's debut solo CD, featuring works of Prokofiev and Ravel, is released in 2018 on Mirare.
In the 2019/2020 season, Nathalia will appear as a soloist and chamber music partner in various venues, among which the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Radio France Auditorium in Paris, De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.