Artists biographies
Beatrice Berrut

It must be a rarity: a piano virtuoso who doesn’t just fly over the keys with her hands, but whose private passion is flying too. Beatrice Berrut sees parallels between the two disciplines: ‘As a pilot I can’t halt time, once I’ve got going I have to hold the line, never mind what happens, and make the best out of every situation. It’s similar when it comes to playing the piano.’ The feeling of freedom and escaping everyday life are just as strong for her when she plays the piano as when she flies.

The Swiss pianist Beatrice Berrut is a woman with many talents and interests. Now she has released her third solo CD with works by Franz Liszt. She has performed at major venues all over Europe, America and China, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. As a soloist she has performed with orchestras such as the Dortmund Philharmonic, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was born in the canton of Valais in southwest Switzerland in 1985. After training at the Lausanne Conservatoire and the Heinrich Neuhaus-Stiftung in Zürich she completed her studies at the Hanns Eisler’ Hochschule für Musik ‘in Berlin and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under John O’Connor, a student of Wilhelm Kempff. In 2011 she performed the Schumann quintet in the Hamptons in New York together with Itzhak Perlman. ‘A wonderfully talented pianist, of impressive gravitas, commitment and sensitivity,’ said the famous violinist Gidon Kremer, with whom Berrut started playing at a very young age.