Michel Béroff was born in France in 1950. After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in 1966, he won first prize at the first International Olivier Messiaen Piano Competition the following year. He has since been considered one of the most outstanding interpreters of Messiaen's music. Mr. Béroff went on to play with the most prestigious orchestras around the world, under the direction of such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, Boulez, Dohnanyi, Dorati, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gielen, Inbal, Jochum, Leinsdorf, Masur, Ozawa, Previn, Rostropovitch, Sinopoli, Solti, Tennsted, Tilson Thomas, and Zinman. As a chamber music partner, he has performed with Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, and Lynn Harrell. As a conductor, Mr. Béroff has led the chamber orchestras of Cannes and La Scala di Milano, the Berkeley Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Russian State Orchestra, and the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Béroff has played with the London Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, with the New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, and the London Philharmonic on an extensive tour to England and Spain. He undertook three Japanese tours, including one with the Philharmonia with Esa-Pekka Salonen, played the complete works from Debussy and Janacek in Paris, and with the Orchestra de Paris under Christophe Eschenbach. He has also toured extensively in Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil, and Korea. He holds the title of professor emeritus at the Paris Conservatoire, where he taught for twenty-five years, and today conducts master classes in many countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States.
An exclusive EMI artist for over twenty-five years, Mr. Béroff has recorded more than fifty CDs, among them the complete works for piano and orchestra by Liszt, Prokofiev, 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 include the complete piano music of Debussy. He has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque five times. He also filmed a series of fifteen master classes on French music for the Japanese network NHK in 2006.
He has served as a juror in many important piano competitions, including the Cliburn, Clara Haskil, Leeds, Marguerite Long, Rubinstein, and Tchaikovsky Competitions, among others. Many of his students have won top prizes at international competitions, most recently, SeongJin Cho, who won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.