Beate Perrey, Ph.D. is a concert pianist, author, and teacher. Her Piano Meditation Concerts channel the transformative power of music to help audiences develop greater resilience and a calmer, fiercer engagement with themselves and the world. In these one-of-a-kind meditation concerts, Beate first helps listeners come into their own calm, clear mindspace and then guides them through focused listening of exceptionally expressive musical masterwork performed live. Through reflexive exercises, participants learn how, through the music, they can tap into their inner resources, and draw strength for their own lives and their communities.
Beate was born in the South of France and grew up in Germany and the US. She discovered Zen as a student at Harvard and moved to Japan in her early twenties to deepen her understanding in the tradition of the Rinzai School (or Linji, Yixuan) at Ryôan-ji Temple, Kyoto. Meeting Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2007 made a profound impact on her practice. She currently trains as a meditation teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach at Spirit Rock and UC Berkeley.
Her three books on music, philosophy and poetry are published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford Legenda Press. She taught at Cambridge University, University College London and the Ecole Normale Supérieure rue d’Ulm Paris. Based in Paris, Beate performs and teaches internationally interlacing live performance, embodied mindful meditation, poetry and play at retreats, festivals and for organizations worldwide.
Perrey speaks fluent English, German, French and Japanese.