Beatrix Firsching, (née Klein)

born 1983 in Bonn (Germany), had her first piano lessons at the age of five. Beatrix studied with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Cologne Music Conservatory, Germany and Sergio Perticaroli at the National Accademy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy.

The artist gives concerts as a soloist and in ensembles since she is 12 years old. She was awarded first prizes at the Steinway-Competition, Berlin, the International Music-Competition Cortemilia and at the International Piano Competition Carlet. In 2006 she was finalist of the International Garrison Piano Competition in Baltimore followed by the Semifinal in the Dr.-Luis-Sigall-Competition in Vina, Chile 2007. In 2008 she won a Special Price in the UNISA International Piano Competition Pretoria, South Africa.

She is very encouraged in chamber music and has performed among others with Erik Schumann, Leonard Elschenbroich und the Minguet Quartet. Together with Trio Thaleia (clarinet, cello, piano) she won the second price and special price, donated by the Brahms-Society, Hamburg in the International Johannes Brahms Competition, Gdansk (Poland) 2006. As a member of the Rheinische Klavierduo she performs regularly and was pianist at several masterclasses held by Prof. Ralph Manno, Prof. Saschko Gawriloff and Prof. Alexander Rudin.

Beatrix was a member of the German National Academic Foundation, a special foundation for outstanding german students, soloist in Live Music Now Yehudi Menuhin e.V., Cologne and participated in Villa musica.

The young artist performed beside others with the North Rhine Westphalia Youth Band, the North Rhine Westphalia Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonie Südwestfalen. Concert tours brought her to nearly all continents. In 2009 the artist will perform in Southafrica, Australia, Southamerica and Asia (with Minguet Quartet).

In spring 2010 she gave her debut in the Berlin Philharmonic. There is one solistic CD available containing Haydn, Liszt, Reger, Strawinsky, Henze as well as one recording with Nicolai Pfeffer, clarinet, playing Schumann, Reger and Berg.