Paris-based pianist Beate Perrey creates interactive concerts that engage audiences in unforgettable listening experiences. With performances described by audiences as “poetic,” “deeply moving,” and “powerful,” Perrey provides lively commentary and stories that demystify great works of art, giving listeners an insider’s understanding of creativity and compositional choice.
Her fascination with narrative and meaning-making led Perrey to create her “Meditation Concerts.” These experiential concerts include guided visualizations that help audiences discover their own life stories in the music, deepening their experience of the art form.
Perrey’s credits include performances at the Music and Arts Festival of Postignano, Umbria; a nine city tour of China; artist residencies at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. As an invited concerto soloist by the British Ambassador to France, Perrey performed Mozart’s piano concerto K. 414 at the Ambassador’s Residency in Paris with musicians of the Orchestre de Paris.
Since 2017 Perrey has performed with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble as part of its Global Musicians Workshops at DePauw University. In that capacity, she has performed music from every continent in styles ranging from Arabic, African, and Asian traditional music, to jazz.
Trained as a concert pianist and musicologist, Perrey is an internationally renowned specialist on the German Lied, on Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann’s Lieder in particular. She has many published about Schumann, Schubert, and the relations between music, philosophy and poetry (Cambridge University Press ; Oxford Legenda Press). She taught music at Cambridge University, University College London, the Ecole Normale Supérieure rue d’Ulm Paris and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Perrey discovered Zen meditation when living in Kyoto in 1990-92. She has continued in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Insight Meditation since 2008. She currently trains as a mentor and certified meditation teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach at the University of California at Berkeley.
Born in the South of France, brought up in a Germany and the US, Perrey studied music and philosophy at the University of Munich, Harvard University and the University of Cambridge (UK). As a pianist she trained with Michael Coonrod (Interlochen Arts Academy, US), Sulamita Aronovsky (Royal Academy of Music, London), Jacques Rouvier and Jean Fassina (Paris). Perrey’s cosmopolitan and multi-lingual background informs her whole approach to music, experiencing it as an all-embracing, universal art form.
Perrey speaks fluent English, German, French and essential Japanese.
ONLINE Piano Meditation Concerts
In May 2020 Perrey launched the online version of Piano Meditation Concerts that began in 2017 in her Paris home. These concerts were designed as an oasis for busy business professionals as well as stressed-out tourists.
An antidote for our distracted, frantic lifestyles, these distinctive live concert programs with calming commentary and guided meditation offer listeners an unforgettable sensory experience. This is a music experience that returns us to our own heartbeats, to our memories and associations. The meditation concerts remind us that amidst our rushing lives we can take a moment, breathe, and return to ourselves and to the beauty of life around us.
In truth, we all need a chance to silence the noise and reconnect with our own breathing and our own bodies. Music has the uncanny and unique capacity to crack open our hearts.
So we might ask ourselves:
What’s possible when we are open, when we’ve come home to ourselves?
What would doing this make possible in your life?
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No prior experience with music or meditation is necessary to enjoy these events.