Michel Béroff was born in France in 1950. After graduating from the Paris conservatoire in 1966, he won the following year the first prize at the first international Olivier Messiaen piano competition. He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreter of Messiaen’s music. He then went on to play with the most prestigious orchestras around the world under the direction of famous conductors.
As a chamber music partner , he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, and Lynn Harrell. As a conductor, Michel Béroff has been conducting the chamber orchestra de la Scala de Milano, the Russian state Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Berkeley symphony, and the Montréal youth orchestra.
He is currently teaching at the Paris Conservatoire. Exclusive EMI artist for over 25 years, Michel Béroff has published more than 50 recordings; among them the complete works for piano and orchestra from Liszt, Prokofieff and Stravinsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel’s left hand concerto with the LSO and Claudio Abbado. His latest recordings includes the complete piano music from Debussy for the Japanese label Denon. Michel Béroff has been awarded five times the “Grand Prix du Disque”. As a publisher, he participated for Wiener Urtext, to a new edition of Debussy’s piano music. For the japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a serie of fifteen master-classes on french music.
In the past years, he has been serving as a jury member in many important piano competitions, including Tchaikovsky, Van Cliburn, Leeds, Clara Haskil, Rubinstein, and Marguerite Long competitions, among others. Many of his students have won top prizes at international competitions; the latest one has been SeongJin Cho, who won the Chopin competition in Warsaw in October 2016.