Michel Béroff

Biography

Born: May 9, 1950; Épinal, France  
Not every musician can deal with the music of French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen very easily. After all, it isn't every composer that bases one entire set of solo piano pieces on the songs of birds, or creates as intense and as difficult a composition to play as the Quartet for the End of Time. Michel Béroff has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of this composer's music, but is also known for superior Read more performances of composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Prokofiev, Mozart, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Schumann, and Schubert.

He undertook his studies beginning with the conservatory in Nancy and later switched to the larger CNSM in Paris where he immediately stood out as one of the best pianists. He gave his first recital in Paris in 1966 for which he won the first prize in the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition. Since then his career has taken him all over the world. He has performed as a piano soloist under the baton of most of the great conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, and many others. He collaborates with many other performers in the context of recitals or chamber music, including Pierre Amoyal, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Barbara Hendricks, and Lynn Harrell. He has also conducted detailed studies of the theories of conducting as well as the left-handed piano repertoire. Southpaws everywhere can delight in his recording of the Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand, done with the London Symphony Orchestra and Claudio Abbado for Deutsche Grammophon. The former interest led to him beginning another career as an orchestra conductor, which continues to be overshadowed by his busy schedule as a pianist. He has however established himself as an educator in the conducting field. He returned to his student haunts at CNSM in 1989 to teach conducting, and has also taught the fine art of baton waving at Freiburg's Music University (Musikhochschule) since 1994.

In 1996 he toured Japan extensively, performing the works of Debussy and recording these compositions for the Japanese Denon label. The resulting five albums won an equal number of Grand Prix du Disques awards. During this tour he also worked with the NHK Symphony and Shinsei Japan Philharmonic. Received with much enthusiasm in Japan, he returned later the same year for recitals and the recording of Debussy's Le Bal Masqué with Seiji Ozawa and Wolfgang Holzmair for Philips Classics. He then undertook a period of concentration on the works of Stravinsky, presenting an orchestral and recital project with the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague. In 2000 he toured England and Spain with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur.

The Béroff discography is immense. His EMI output includes the complete works for piano and orchestra by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Liszt, as well as other works by Messiaen, Schumann, Brahms, and Debussy. Read less

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Born: May 9, 1950; Épinal, France  
Not every musician can deal with the music of French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen very easily. After all, it isn't every composer that bases one entire set of solo piano pieces on the songs of birds, or creates as intense and as difficult a composition to play as the Quartet for the End of Time. Michel Béroff has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of this composer's music, but is also known for superior Read more
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LABEL
Le Carnaval des animaux : Introduction marche royale du lion
Le Carnaval des animaux : Poules et coqs - Hemiones - Tortues - L'éléphant - Kangourous - Aquarium
Le Carnaval des animaux : Personnages ŕ longues oreilles - Le coucou au fond des bois - Voličre
Le Carnaval des animaux : Pianistes - Fossiles - Le cygne
Le Carnaval des animaux : Final
Septuor en mi bémol majeur Op.65 : Préambule (Allegro moderato)
Septuor en mi bémol majeur Op.65 : Menuet (Tempo di minuetto moderato)
Septuor en mi bémol majeur Op.65 : Intermčde (Andante)
Septuor en mi bémol majeur Op.65 : Gavotte et Final (Allegro non troppo - Piů allegro)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (1990 Digital Remaster): Quasi adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro marziale animato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Adagio sostenuto assai -
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro agitato assai -
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Marziale un poco meno allegro
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro animato
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Presto doppio movimento
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Andante rapsodico
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Allegro capriccioso, ma tempo giusto
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Presto doppio movimento
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Andante rapsodico
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1991 Digital Remaster): Allegro capriccioso, ma tempo giusto
Piano Sonata No.2 In D Minor Op.14 : I Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
Piano Sonata No.2 In D Minor Op.14 : II Scherzo - Allegro Marcato
Piano Sonata No.2 In D Minor Op.14 : III Andante
Piano Sonata No.2 In D Minor Op.14 : IV Vivace
Piano Sonata No.6 In A Major Op.82 : I Allegro Moderato
Piano Sonata No.6 In A Major Op.82 : II Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.6 In A Major Op.82 : III Tempo Di Valzer Lentissimo
Piano Sonata No.6 In A Major Op.82 : IV Vivace
Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat Major Op.83 : I Allegro Inquieto
Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat Major Op.83 : II Andante Caloroso
Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat Major Op.83 : III Precipitato
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.1 En Ut Majeur Op.46
16 Slavonic Dances B78 & B145 (Opp. 46 & 72) (1996 Digital Remaster), B78: No. 2 in E minor
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.3 En La Bemol Majeur Op.46
Danse slave pour piano ŕ 4 mains No.4 en fa majeur Op.46
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.5 En La Majeur Op.46
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.6 En Re Majeur Op.46
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.7 En Ut Mineur Op.46
Danse Slave Pour Piano Ŕ 4 Mains No.8 En Sol Mineur Op.46
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : I. Lentamente
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : II. Andante
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : III. Allegretto
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : IV. Animato
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : V. Molto Giocoso
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : VI. Con Eleganza
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : VII. Pittoresco
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : IIX. Commodo
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : IX. Allegretto Tranquillo
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : X. Ridicolosamente
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XI. Con Vivacita
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XII. Assai Moderato
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIII. Allegretto
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIV. Feroce
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XV. Inquieto
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XVI. Dolente
Visions fugitives Op.22 : XVII. Poetico
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIIX. Con Una Dolce Latezza
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIX. Presto Agitatissimo
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XX. Lento Irrealmente
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Old Castle
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Tuileries
Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Market Place in Limoges
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Catacombs
Pictures at an Exhibition: Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl's Legs.
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev.
Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in G minor BWV1058: I. [Allegro]
Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in G minor BWV1058: II. Andante
Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in G minor BWV1058: III. Allegro assai
Concerto in C minor for 2 Keyboards, No.1 BWV1060: I. Allegro
Concerto in C minor for 2 Keyboards, No.1 BWV1060: II. Adagio
Concerto in C minor for 2 Keyboards, No.1 BWV1060: III. Allegro
Concerto in C for 2 keyboards, No.2 BWV1061: I. Allegro
Concerto in C for 2 keyboards, No.2 BWV1061: II. Adagio
Concerto in C for 2 keyboards, No.2 BWV1061: III. Fuga
Concerto in C minor for 2 keyboards, No.3 BWV1062: I. Vivace
Concerto in C minor for 2 keyboards, No.3 BWV1062: II. Andante
Concerto in C minor for 2 keyboards, No.3 BWV1062: III. Allegro assai
Concerto in D minor for 3 keyboards, BWV1063: I. Allegro
Bach, JS: Concerto in D Minor for 3 Keyboards, BWV 1063: II. Alla siciliana
Concerto in D minor for 3 keyboards, BWV1063: III. Allegro
Concerto in A minor for 4 keyboards, BWV1065: I. Allegro
Concerto in A minor for 4 keyboards, BWV1065: II. Largo
Concerto in A minor for 4 keyboards, BWV1065: III. Allegro
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Danse au bâton
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Brâul
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Le batteur de grain
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Danse de Bucsumi
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Polka roumaine
6 Danses populaires roumaines, Sz.68 (1994 Digital Remaster): Danse rapide
15 chants paysans hongrois Sz.71 (1994 Digital Remaster): 4 Airs traditionnels
15 chants paysans hongrois Sz.71 (1994 Digital Remaster): Scherzo
15 chants paysans hongrois Sz.71 (1994 Digital Remaster): Ballade (Tema con variazioni)
15 chants paysans hongrois Sz.71 (1994 Digital Remaster): 9 Airs traditionnels
Sonate (1926), Sz.80 (1994 Digital Remaster): I- Allegro moderato
Sonate (1926), Sz.80 (1994 Digital Remaster): II- Sostenuto e pesante
Sonate (1926), Sz.80 (1994 Digital Remaster): III- Allegro molto
Sonatine, Sz.55 (1994 Digital Remaster): I. Allegretto
Sonatine, Sz.55 (1994 Digital Remaster): II- Danse de l'ours
Sonatine, Sz.55 (1994 Digital Remaster): III-Finale: Allegro vivace
10 Pičces faciles, avec dédiace (1994 Digital Remaster): Dédicace
10 Pičces faciles, avec dédiace (1994 Digital Remaster): Chant de paysan-Tourments-Danse slovaque
10 Pičces faciles, avec dédiace (1994 Digital Remaster): Sostenuto-Un soir en Transylvanie
10 Pičces faciles, avec dédiace (1994 Digital Remaster): Chanson populaire hongroise-L'aube-Chanson populaire hongroise
10 Pičces faciles, avec dédiace (1994 Digital Remaster): Etude pour les 5 doigts- Danse de l'ours
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): La colombe
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Chants d'extase dans un paysage triste
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Le nombre léger
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Instants défunts
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Les sons impalpables du ręve
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Plainte calme
8 Préludes (1987 Digital Remaster): Un reflet dans le vent
Préludes Premier Livre: I. Lent et Grave (...Danseuses de Delphes)
Préludes Premier Livre: II. Modere (...Voiles)
Préludes Premier Livre: III. Anime (Le vent dans la plaine)
Préludes Premier Livre: IV. Modere (...Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir)
Préludes Premier Livre: V. Tres Modere (...Les Collines D'anacapri)
Préludes Premier Livre: VI. Triste et Lent (...Des pas sur la neige)
Préludes Premier Livre: VII. Anime et Tumultueux (...Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest)
Préludes Premier Livre: VIII. Tres Calme et Doucement Expressif (...La Fille aux cheveux de lin)
Préludes Premier Livre: IX. Moderement Anime (...La Sérénade interrompue)
Préludes Premier Livre: X. Profondement Calme (La Cathédrale engloutie)
Préludes Premier Livre: XI. Capricieux et Leger (...La Danse de Puck)
Préludes Premier Livre: XII. Modere (...Minstrels)
Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
Children's Corner: II. Jimbo's Lullaby (Berceuse des Elephants)
Children's Corner: III. Serenade for the Doll (Serenade a la Poupee)
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow Is Dancing (La neige danse)
Children's Corner: V. the Little Shepherd (Le petit Berger)
Children's Corner: VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk
Concerto No.1 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Re Majeur : I. Allegro
Concerto No.1 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Re Majeur : II. Andante Assai
Concerto No.1 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Re Majeur : III. Allegro Scherzando
Concerto No.2 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Sol Mineur Op.16 : I. Andantino Allegretto
Concerto No.2 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Sol Mineur Op.16 : II. Scherzo Vivace
Concerto No.2 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Sol Mineur Op.16 : III. Intermezzo
Concerto No.2 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Sol Mineur Op.16 : IV. Finale
Concerto No.3 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Ut Majeur Op.26 : I. Andante-Allegro
Concerto No.3 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Ut Majeur Op.26 : II. Tema Con Variazioni
Concerto No.3 Pour Piano Et Orchestre En Ut Majeur Op.26 : III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.4 "Pour Main Gauche" Op.53 : I. Vivace
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.4 "Pour Main Gauche" Op.53 : II. Andante
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.4 "Pour Main Gauche" Op.53 : III. Moderato
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.4 "Pour Main Gauche" Op.53 : IV. Vivace
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.5 En Sol Majeur Op.55 : I. Allegro Con Brio
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.5 En Sol Majeur Op.55 : II. Moderato Ben Accentuato
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.5 En Sol Majeur Op.55 : III. Toccata
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.5 En Sol Majeur Op.55 : IV. Larghetto
Concerto Pour Piano Et Orchestre No.5 En Sol Majeur Op.55 : V. Vivo
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XI. Con Vivacita
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XII. Assai Moderato
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIII. Allegretto
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIV. Feroce
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XV. Inquieto
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XVI. Dolente
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XVII. Poetico
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIIX. Con Una Dolce Latezza
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XIX. Presto Agitatissimo
Visions Fugitives Op.22 : XX. Lento Irrealmente


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