Amandine Beyer

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Amandine Beyer (Aix-en-Provence, 1974) started her musical career at the age of four. Although her first instrument was the recorder, she soon discovered the violin. She was admitted to the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris when she was 15, writing her master’s dissertation on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen during her time there. After graduating in musicology in 1996, she moved to Basel, Switzerland for advanced study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with the Swiss conductor and violinist Chiara Banchini. In 1998 she and her ensemble L'Assemblée des Honnestes Curieux won the Premio Bonporti and the Special Jury Prize at the International Baroque Violin Competition, Rovereto. Beyer is now a renowned interpreter of the baroque violin repertoire. Since 2000 she has performed as a soloist at many international festivals and concert halls. Her recording of Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas (2012), with her own ensemble Gli Incogniti, received great critical acclaim. Like the choreographers and dancers Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz she is captivated by the music of Bach. In 2013 she played the solo violin part for De Keersmaeker’s and Charmatz’s intimate production Partita 2. In addition to working with her own ensemble, Beyer is a member of various other groups, including Les Cornets Noirs. Additionally, she appears regularly on stage in duo performances with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurence Beyer. Her other passion is teaching. She teaches courses in the Faculty of Music, Arts and Performing Arts of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal, and holds worldwide masterclasses. Since 2010 she has taught the baroque violin at her former institute, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel. Her performance in The Six Brandenburg Concertos is her debut at the Holland Festival.