The Dutch-born pianist Clara Biermasz received her musical training in the classes of Prof. Alexander Warenberg and Prof. Klàra Wurtz at the Academy of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She completed her bachelor studies in 2004 and then studied in the classes of Prof. Balàzs Szokolay and Prof. Balàzs Rèti at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and in the class of Prof. Michael Hruby at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna. She completed her M.A. with distinction in 2012.
Clara has attended master classes held by Itamar Golan, Jan Wijn, Alan Weiss, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Martijn van den Hoek, Gergely Bogànyi, Istvan Gulyàs and Paolo Giacometti.
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 (1996), the first prize in the category of chamber music and ‘Primo Premio Assoluto’ – the overall winner in all categories (respectively in duo with Àdàm Jàvorkai) 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 has held concerts at the following venues: in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Beethoven Festival Wien, at the Chopin Festival in Gaming (Austria), as well as at such prestigious places as the Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, the Palazzo Zacco-Armeni in Padua (Italy), the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the National Theatre in Miskolc (Hungary), the Dutch Embassy in Vienna, the Dutch Embassy in Cairo (Egypt), the Dutch Embassy in Muscat (Oman), the Festival Peinture en Musique (France), Vredenburg in Utrecht, de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, the Hermitage Amsterdam (Holland) and at festivals like the Cello Festival in Dordrecht and the ‘Settimane musicali al Teatro Olimpico’, Vicenza, as well as the Kodàly Society Wales, where she also has held master-classes.
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 Bluthner. 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.
Clara is artistic director of the Dutch Chopin Foundation and board member of the International Chopin Society in Vienna.
‘…An exceptional talent with great technical skills …’
(International Federation of Chopin Societies and the International Chopin Society in Vienna, 2011)
‘Her wonderfully clear narrative tone simply made us forget everyday concerns …’
(Wiener Chopin-Blätter, 2012)
’The solo pieces she played-impressionist poems in music by Debussy and one of Chopin’s Nocturnes-were a testament to the talent that has won Clara many international prizes…’
(Times of Oman, 2014)
‘Two exceptional talents with brilliant technical and refined interpretative skills’
Padova Cultura on the Duo Jávorkai & Biermasz (2008)
‘…Kammermusik at it’s best…’
(Wiener Zeitung, 2014)