Born in Moscow in a family of musicians, Maria Milstein (1985) starts the violin at the age of five. Her family moves to France in 1991. She studies in Fiesole with Pavel Vernikov, in Amsterdam Conservatory with Ilya Grubert and in London with David Takeno. Between 2011 and 2014 Maria is Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, in the class of Augustin Dumay.
Maria is a prizewinner of major international competitions and awards such as “Città di Brescia” and “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” in Italy, the ARD Competition in Munich (Piano Trio Category) and the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition (both as violinist of the Van Baerle Trio), as well as the Concertgebouw Vriendenkrans Competition and the Kersjes Prize in the Netherlands. She has been selected for international concert tours such as the “New Masters on Tour” of the Holland Music Sessions, or the ECHO “Rising Stars” with her Van Baerle Trio.
Maria appears as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, the Musica Viva Orchestra of Moscow and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and in 2013 she collaborates with the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the recording of Saint-Saëns works for violin and orchestra (Zig-Zag Territoires, 2013).
Maria performs as a soloist with conductors such as Michel Tabachnik, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Christian Arming, Christopher Warren-Green, Alexander Rudin, Augustin Dumay, Reinbert de Leeuw and Ivan Meylemans. A highly appreciated chamber musician, she plays together with renowned artists such as Elisabeth Leonskaja, Gary Hoffman, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Hannes Minnaar, Philippe Graffin, Liza and Dmitri Ferschtman and Alexander Kniazev.
Since 2004, Maria forms together with pianist Hannes Minnaar and cellist Gideon den Herder the Van Baerle Trio. Very successful at several international competitions, the trio has released two albums: a debut CD with works by Saint-Saëns, Loevendie and Ravel (Etcetera Records, 2012), which received an Edison award in 2013 in the category “best debut CD”, and an album dedicated to Mendelssohn piano trios (Challenge Records, 2014), with the exclusive recording of the early version of Mendelssohn’s First Trio. Both CD’s received lavish reviews in the international press. The Trio tours extensively in Europe, performing at major venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne, Cité de la Musique and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels, the Philharmonie in Essen and many others.
Since 2014 Maria holds a teaching position at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Maria plays on a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1860.