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“An exceptional musician, combining grace and finesse, always aware of what goes on around her, she is a treasure for any group of musicians joining her”
Simon Rattle – conductor
French-German violist Beatrice Muthelet grew up in Versailles before moving to Israel age fifteen and joining the prestigious Telma Yelin High School of Arts. She became bursary of the American Israel Foundation and received a solid education in violin and viola from her teacher Chaim Taub, also enjoying master classes from Isaac Stern and Shlomo Mintz. At age nineteen she decided to further her studies in the USA and became Pinkas Zuckerman’s first viola student in the Manhattan school of Music, on a full scholarship.
Aged twenty two she returned to Europe and joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, first at the Karajan Academy and then as an intern for two more years. In 2001 she joined the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as Principal Violist and, at Claudio Abbado’s
personal invitation, also became a founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Since then she has been invited to play as a guest pricipal in orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio and Filarmonica Della Scala di Milano.
Her main passion remains chamber music. Together with the brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon she founded the Capuçon quartet with whom she played until 2013 in Europe’s most prestigious halls and festivals. Together they also recorded two CDs produced by EMI. Among Beatrice Muthelet’s chamber music partners are Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Isabelle Faust, Victoria Mullova, Maxim Vengerov and Hélène Grimaud. In March 2017 she will release her first solo album with the complete viola works by Harald Genzmer, in collaboration with German pianist Oliver Triendl.