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MARTIN Béatrice

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Béatrice Martin was born in Annecy and began studying the harpsichord at age six. Her musical career gave her a chance to study with legendary harpsichordists, such as Christiane Jaccottet at the Geneva Conservatory of Music and Kenneth Gilbert and Christophe Rousset, at the Paris Higher National Conservatory of Music. She was awarded many First Prizes there and won the highest honour. She then completed a post-graduate course (aptly named ?perfecting course?) and was lucky enough to be personally advised by Huguette Dreyfus, Ton Koopman and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, whom she met during master classes. In 1998, she won First Prize of the Brugge International Harpsichord Competition. She was also singled out as ?favourite audience artist? and received the Bärenreiter Publishers prize. A year later, she was chosen for ?Artist Revelation? by the ADAMI, during the Cannes MIDEM. She has been invited by numerous festivals, such as Ambronay, La Roque d?Anthéron, Lanvellec, Festival Couperin, Festival du Jeune Soliste in Antibes, the Brussels Printemps Baroque du Sablon, the Utrecht, Girona and Daroca festivals, French Harpsichordists Cycle in Mexico, the ?Folles Journées? in Nantes (Bach, from Monteverdi to Vivaldi programme...) and the Festa di Musica in Lisbon. In Paris she performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet (?Midis Musicaux?), the Cité de la Musique (?Intégrale Couperin and Rameau?, ?from Bach to Haendel?) and abroad for the Tokyo Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC... Highly esteemed for her natural talent as a continuo player, she regularly performs with Les Arts Florissants, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert Spirituel, Ricercar Consort and Il Seminario Musicale, as well as with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She has been involved in numerous artistic projects with Les Arts Florissants, taking part in many operas and oratorios, playing as a soloist in Bach?s Concerti or recording about ten CDs and DVDs. She is close to William Christie and regularly acts as his musical assistant ? at the Comédie Française in 2006, for instance. Widely acknowledged to be a natural-born educationalist, she was appointed permanent harpsichord teacher at the Escola Superior de Mùsica de Catalunya (Barcelona, in 2001. She regularly takes part in master classes organized by festivals and schools. Since 2005, she is a teacher of the Académie Baroque d?Orléans. In 2000, Béatrice Martin founded the ensemble Les Folies Françoises, together with violinist and concertmaster Patrick Cohën-Akenine. She has been deeply involved in developing the ensemble. She gave about 200 concerts in France and abroad with Les Folies Françoises and recorded recently four CDs devoted to J. S. Bach?s work: the Dialogo Cantatas (Cypres), the complete violin and harpsichord sonatas (Fontmorigny), awarded by ?Le Monde de la Musique?.

Discography on Cypres

Bach - harpsichord concertos bwv 1052, 1053, 1055, 1056 (Ref.: CYP1661)
The works on this recording are undoubtedly well-known, and it is a commonplace to say that they invented the very genre of keyboard concerto in western music. For Béatrice Martin the desire to record these concertos for harpsichord and strings stemmed from the conjuncture of two magnificently sounding instruments: a harpsichord by the Hamburg maker Christian Zell (1737) and one by the Barcelona maker Johan Marti, built in 2001 after the model of Zell. Listening to these harpsichords as played by Béatrice Martin with inspired intensity is to penetrate the intimacy of these works and at the same time to enter into Bach?s workshop at a time when the most learned of composers had set his heart on providing entertainment with infectiously agreeable music.
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