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Michel Béroff

Born on May 9th, 1950 in Epinal, Michel Béroff is initiated by his father, music lover passionate of choral singing, but also by the music of Bartok, Prokofiev or Messiaen. From childhood, Michel Béroff approaches pieces of Bartok and Messiaen, enters the Conservatory of Nancy, then in Paris in the classes of Yvonne Loriod and Pierre Sancan.

If his beginnings allow him to quickly consider him as a remarkable interpreter of the works of Messiaen and more generally of French music for piano, Michel Béroff interprets remarkably other composers such as Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Mozart or Igor Stravinsky, under the direction of the greatest chefs among whom Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado, Yutaka Sado, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa …

Very active as a soloist in recitals around the world, he practices chamber music with many accomplices such as Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, Barbara Hendricks, Martha Argerich or Marie-Josèphe Jude. Eclectic virtuosity, a progressive paralysis of the right hand forces him to interrupt his career as a soloist: he then turns to the interpretation of concertos composed for the left hand, but also to conducting. Thanks to four years of rehabilitation, he gradually takes up chamber music and then starts giving recitals as a soloist.

An exclusive artist of EMI for 20 years, Michel Béroff recorded, among others, the complete works for piano and orchestra by Liszt, Prokofiev and Stravinsky under the direction of Kurt Masur and Seiji Ozawa. His records have received the “Grand Prix du Disque” award five times.

After a series of recitals of Claude Debussy’s piano work in Paris and Japan, Michel Béroff worked as editor-in-chief for Wiener Urtext in the context of Debussy’s piano music publishing in 1998.

His teaching career began in 1988 with courses at the University of Bloomington in the United States, and he has taught piano since 1989 at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris.


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