PhD Student with Composition
King's College London
My compositional work explores ways of acquiring dexterity and flexibility in the treatment of musical materials in order to achieve seamless flow of thematic segments, as well as continuity of line at the local level and a sense of grounded ‘architectural’ density. With this aim, I am searching for disciplined approaches to the handling of blocks of musical material.
Jean Beers has received her musical education in Britain (Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music), Germany (University of Music Cologne, University of Music and Theatre Hanover) and Luxembourg (Conservatoire de musique). While at the Purcell School, her string quartet Flimmering Textures was workshopped by the London Sinfonietta and later included in a concert at the Purcell Room (South Bank Centre) during the State of the Nation Festival 2002. Her works have been performed by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and the LPO as well as by herself in prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, the Wiener Saal Salzburg, the Richard Jakoby Saal Hanover and the Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy) London.
Jean has received many international prizes for piano performances the Mozarteum Prize 2009 and the Piano Competition for New Music “Extraklasse” 2011. She was awarded the Cuthbert Nunn and the Alan Bush (runner-up) Prizes for composition.
Recently Jean performed both Shostakovich piano concertos. Her Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra was recorded early last year in Latvia with the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
Jean's website: http://fantasticpiano2011.wix.com/jean-beers
soundcloud: jeanbeers https://soundcloud.com/jeanbeers