Clara Biermasz

About Clara Biermasz: The Dutch-born pianist Clara Biermasz received her musical training inthe classes of Prof. Alexander Warenberg and Prof. Klára Würtz at the Academy of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She completed herbachelor studies in 2004 and then studied in the classes of Prof. Balázs Szokolay and Prof. Balázs Réti at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and in the class of Prof. Michael Hruby at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She completed her M.A. with distinction in 2012. Clara has attended master classes held by Itamar Golan, Jan Wijn, Alan Weiss, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Gergely Bogányi and Istvan Gulyás. She is an award-winner at many international competitions, including the VSB Prize and the Youth Jury Prize at the Princess Christina Competition in the Netherlands (1996), the first prize in the category of chamber music and ‘Primo Premio Assoluto’ – the overall winner in all categories (respectively in duo with Ádám Jávorkai) at the international competition ‘Premio Città di Padova’, Italy (2008). In 2008, Clara was also a prize-winner at the ‘18th International Chamber Music Competition Thessaloniki’ in Greece. Clara has held concerts at the following venues: in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Beethoven Festival Wien, at the Chopin Festival in Gaming (Austria), as well as at such places as the Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, the Palazzo Zacco-Armeni in Padua (Italy), the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the National Theatre in Miskolc (Hungary), the Dutch Embassy in Vienna, the Dutch Embassy in Cairo (Egypt), the Dutch Embassy in Muscat (Oman), the Bogense Summer Festival (Denmark), the Festival Peinture en Musique (France), Vredenburg in Utrecht, de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, the Hermitage Amsterdam (Holland) and at festivals like the Cello Festival in Dordrecht and the ‘Settimane musicali al Teatro Olimpico’, Vicenza, as well as the Kodály Society Wales, where she also has held masterclasses. She has made several recordings for international radio and television stations, among others for ATV and ORF (Austria). In 2013, she made her first CD with sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms and Grieg for the austrian label Gramola (Gramola 99034). This CD was sponsored by ARP and Blüthner. Clara Biermasz has been the scholarship-holder of different cultural funds in the Netherlands such as the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Willem Mengelberg Fonds, Stichting Fonds voor de Gelden Effectenhandel, Stichting A.F.V.O.M.S., Stichting Niemeijer Fonds and Stichting Vreedefonds. Clara is artistic director of the Dutch Chopin Foundation, which is a member of the International Federation of Chopin Societies and of the International Music Council Unesco, Paris. Besides she is a board member of the International Chopin Society in Vienna since 2015. Clara is frequently invited to serve as a jury member at international musical competitions. From the press: ‘The solo pieces she played-impressionist poems in music by Debussy and one of Chopin’s Nocturnes-were a testament to the talent that has won Clara many international prizes…’ (Times of Oman, 2014) ‘… An exceptional talent with great technical skills …’ (International Federation of Chopin Societies and the International Chopin Society in Vienna, 2011) ‘Her wonderfully clear narrative tone simply made us forget everyday concerns …’ (Wiener Chopin-Blätter, 2012) ‘Two exceptional talents with brilliant technical and refined interpretative skills’ – Padova Cultura on the Duo Jávorkai & Biermasz (2008)

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