It was in Aix-en-Provence that Amandine Beyer began studying music at the age of four:recorder, then violin in Aurélia Spadaro’s class. At the age of fifteen, she was admitted in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In the same time, she wrote a master dissertation on K. Stockhausen, and obtained in 1996 an agrégation in musicology.
She moved to Basel for advanced study with Chiara Banchini, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she had the fantastic oportunity taking classes with other teachers of the school, such as Christophe Coin, Jesper Christensen, Jean Goverts, RaphaÎl Oleg et Hopkinson Smith. In paralell with this studies of the renaissance and baroque styles, and the history of their interpretation, she took up the fiddle in one of the most famous medieval ensemble, Mala Punica (directed by Pedro Memelsdorff), with whom she recorded Cds for Erato and Harmonia Mundi.
She played as a soloist with severals orchestras (ensemble 415, le Concert Français, l’Accademia Montis Regalis, Les Siécles), together with musicians like Pierre Hantaï, Giuliano Carmignola, Chiara Banchini, as concertino of le Concert Français (P. Hantaï), and as member of the group Les Cornets Noirs. As a result she appears in festivals and concert halls all over the world.
Her musical activity is awarded with differents prizes: in 1998, with her group LíAssemblée des Honnestes Curieux, she won first prize and the special jury prize at the Rovereto Competition in Italy. In 2000, she received a scholarship from the Juventus Foundation, which brings together the most promising young European soloists, appearing there with her regular pianist: Laurence Beyer. In february 2001, she also won first prize in the Antonio Vivaldi Baroque Violin Competition in Turin.
In 2006, she founded a new group, Gli Incogniti: the musicians of this ensemble are playing with the same pleasure all over the world, recording well-known repertory, and more confidentials composers (Vivaldi ”Four Seasons”, Matteis ”Ayrs for the violin”, and lately, Rossenmüller motets and sonatas.)
Amandine Beyer has recorded for Zig-Zag-Territoires, Erato, Harmonia Mundi France, Alpha and Opus 111 (some of this releases have winned several recognitions from french and international press, like Diapason d’or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik...), as well for numerous radios and televisions: France Musique, France Culture, Radio Classique, WDR, ORF, Arte, Mezzo, France 3, la RAI. Her last recording Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas, has been awarded the best international critics: Diapason D’Or de l’anée, Choc de Classica de l’année, Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Gramophone’s Editor’s choice ...
Since 2004, she has taught a course at Barbaste, in France, and in the Early Music Department at ESMAE, the music faculty of Porto in Portugal, and isince 2010, she has begun to teach at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.
In a certain way, ”un retour aux sources”!