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Berenice Christin Terwey

  • Violinist

Biography

In 2009/ 2010, Berenice Christin Terwey and her sister Philomela Eva Terwey will be touring Latin America (Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Cali, Medellín, Mexico City, Monterrey, Zacatecas, Aguacalientes, Toluca, Guatemala City, Antigua, Salta, Rosário, Callao…) and presenting a special Terwey-Mendelssohn-Jubilee-Project with the local orchestras i.e. Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Orquesta de Guatemala (Richard Pittman), Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (Ramón Revueltas) etc.

The previous stations in her career to date have included such prestigious venues as the the Festival Semana Musical Llao Llao Argentina, Teatro Colsubsidio Roberto Arias Pérez Bogotá (Columbia), the Tonhalle Zurich, the Patek Philippe Geneva Gala, the Festival Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the St. John's Smith Square London, the Great Festival Hall Salzburg, the Janacek Theatre Brno, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, Music Academy Budapest, Teatro Ghione Rome, Palau de la Música (Iturbi Hall) Valencia/Spain, the Tonhalle Dusseldorf, the Concertgebouw Haarlem and Amsterdam, in Dresden, Zermatt, the International Festival of Music Lucerne (Centre of Culture + Congress), Marovian Autumn Brno, West-Brabant Musikfestival, International Music Festival Castle Weilburg etc...

As a soloist she has collaborated with conductors and orchestras such as Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Dresden and Brno Philharmonic (M.Plasson, A. Ceccato and M. Sieghart respectively), MDR-Symphony (N. Järvi, M.Viotti), Festival Strings Lucerne (R. Baumgartner), Chamber Orchestra Prague, Baden-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (J.Färber), Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra (Ligeti), State Philharmonic Orchestra Ucrania, Nederlandse Sinfonieorkest (Ltg. Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jac van Steen)...

Her performance is pristine poetry, a flourishing wealth of colours but also electrifying intensity and powerful suspense. With the confident style of a nightwalker she gives an excellent characteristic rendering of composers from the Baroque to the Modern Age respectively. In doing so she draws on a sheer endless wealth of emotions, which she knows how to convincingly bring over to the audience. She embodies the type of interpreter, who consistently combines the activity as a musician with a profound reflection of music and art.

The daughter of an artist (painter) was introduced to music at a very early age already. Her unusual talent was soon discovered and nurtured carefully by Davina van Wely a student of Oskar Back and Georges Enescu. After completing her studies in Amsterdam and The Hague she perfected her art with the legendary Dame Moura Lympany and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.

She plays a wonderful Stradivarius (1698), made available to her for life by a patron who was deeply moved by her brilliant performance and charming intimacy. This noble collector’s piece, was lying unused in a safe for many years and was woken out of its torpor thanks to the young Berenice Christin Terwey.

Berenice Christin Terwey started taking piano and violin lessons when she was only 4 years old. Two years later she started school, being put into the third academic school year immedeatly on account of her extremely high intelligence. At 8 she entered the grammar school and during this time she won several first prizes for solo violinists and the Special Prize for Chemistry at the German competition "Jugend forscht".
She was released from general compulsory schooling on account of her musical talent. At the age of fourteen, she passed her Abitur (university entrance qualification) with flying colours. She was examined in the subjects mathematics, chemistry, history, Latin, French, German, music theory and history and art history. She was the youngest person in Germany ever to pass this examination and was given a special dispensation to take it by the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs of North Rhine Westphalia. In the same year she began a study of mathematics and computer science.