The Dutch-born pianist Clara Biermasz studied at the Academy of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She completed her M.A. with distinction in 2012.
She is an award-winner at many international competitions, including the VSB Prize and the Youth Jury Prize at the Princess Christina Competition in the Netherlands, northern region (1996), the first prize in the category of chamber music and ‘Primo Premio Assoluto’ – the overall winner in all categories (respectively in duo with Ádám Jávorkai) at the international competition ‘Premio Città di Padova’, Italy (2008). In 2008, Clara was also a prize-winner at the‘18th International Chamber Music Competition Thessaloniki ’ in Greece.
Clara often performs as a soloist, a chamber musician and as a song accompanist.
Clara worked together with her husband, cellist Adam Javorkai (Bank Austria Artist of the Year in Austria 2009), cellists Pieter Wispelwey, Johannes Moser, Reinhard Latzko, tenor Ramón Vargas, mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos, writer Jan Brokken and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Performances at the following venues: in the Wiener Konzerthaus, at the Beethoven Festival Wien, at the Chopin Festival in Gaming (Austria), as well as at such places as the the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the National Theatre in Miskolc (Hungary), the Chopin Centre in Szafarnia (Poland), for the Chopin Center in Hamburg & Darmstadt (Germany), the Dutch Embassy in Vienna, the Dutch Embassy in Cairo (Egypt), the Dutch Embassy in Muscat (Oman), Vredenburg in Utrecht, de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, the Hermitage Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and at prestigious festivals like the ‘Settimane musicali al Teatro Olimpico’, Vicenza and the Cello Festival in Dordrecht.
Clara has attended masterclasses held by Itamar Golan, Jan Wijn, Alan Weiss and Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden.
She passionately teaches a piano class with young talents in Vienna and is frequently invited to serve as a jury member at international musical competitions.
She has held masterclasses for the Kodály Society Wales (England), Masterclasses Gutenstein (Austria), International Masterclasses Györ (Hungary).
She has made several recordings for international radio and television stations, among others for ATV and ORF (Austria).
In 2013, her CD with sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms and Grieg was released for the Austrian label Gramola (Gramola 99034). This CD was sponsored by ARP and Blüthner.
Her second cd with solo works by Chopin will be released soon (sponsored by Stadt Wien). Clara Biermasz has been the scholarship-holder of different cultural funds in the Netherlands such as the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Willem Mengelberg Fonds, Stichting Fonds voor de Geld- en Effectenhandel, Stichting A.F.V.O.M.S., Stichting Niemeijer Fonds and Stichting Vreedefonds.
Besides her musical career, Clara is artistic director of the Dutch Chopin Foundation & Chopin Festival Nederland, since 2016 board member and since 2019 vice president of the International Chopin Society in Vienna.
Clara currently lives in Vienna, with her husband Adam Javorkai (cellist) and her two sons, Ruben (5) and Aron (2)
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