The composer-pianist has performed and had her works played throughout Europe and Russia at venues including Konzerthaus Berlin, Mozarteum (Salzburger Festspiele), Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Philharmonic Hall Kiev, Cité Université Paris and Southbank Centre London (State of the Nation Festival).
Amongst numerous international prizes for her piano performances and her compositions are the prestigious Mozarteum Preis (Salzburg, 2009), after which the young pianist was invited to perform Prokofiev as part of the Salzburger Festspiele 2009, the contemporary music prize Extra Klasse for her performances of Mauricio Kagel's trance-like virtuoso piece "An Tasten", the Alan Bush Prize for her composition "Piano Trio 2001" (England, 2002), the Tim Stevenson Prize for her composition output in 2001 (London, 2001), as well as her duo for violin and piano "Schmetterlinghaus (Wien)" being performed at the beautiful Beethoven Haus in Bonn during the final of Germany's national music competition DMW, after an anonymous selection by celebrated international composers, including Rebecca Saunders (Bonn, 2018).
Jean's piano concerto debut aged 13 in Munich was followed by the performance of her first symphonic composition at the Royal College of Music in London four years later. Many fruitful collaborations followed with soloists and members of acclaimed orchestras (Philharmonia Orchestra London, Konzerthaus Orchester, Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin) and ensembles (London Sinfonietta, Lontano Ensemble, Quatuor D’Arco), and she worked with conductors such as Vernon Handley, Elias Grandy and Jack Rozman.
Her studies for piano performance and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Musikhochschule Cologne and Hanover culminated in a PhD at the university King’s College London. Her monograph, including the creative research output (original compositions) with music theoretical, semiotic commentary, has been published in Germany with wvberlin under the title "Creating Ambiguity in Music". (available on Amazon.de under "Beers Ambiguity in Music" and open access on ethos.bl.uk under "Jean Beers")
Eton College invited her back to adjudicate their prestigious "Composition Cup" competition. Among the piano concerti she has performed are Prokofiev 2 (London), Shostakovich 1 (Salzburg, Riga) and 2 (Hanover), Beethoven 3 (Bedford, England), Ravel ‘left-hand’ (London) and her own two compositions for piano and orchestra (Riga; Windsor).
The young interdisciplinary "all round" musician has been involved in a wide range of exciting and experimental music projects in support of newly written contemporary music today, including Jean performing with the University of Arts in Berlin, UdK's ensemble ilinx in the roles of pianist, sampler player, speaker and helping to devise a theatrical staging concept, as well as regularly performing as an improviser at the experimental artists' collective Klangkeller at Berlin's cinema Lichtblick.
Jean has enjoyed working with the following excellent and wonderful musicians and professors during her education and concert activity (in alphabetical order):
Simon Bainbridge (lessons, RAM London) Andrew Ball (masterclasses, Purcell/RCM London)
Edward Longstaff (teacher, Purcell School) Vladimir Krainev (lessons, Hanover) RIP
Wolfgang Rihm (advice, Berlin) Nina Tichman (lessons, Cologne)
Jörg Widman (masterclass, Freiburg) Jerome Rose (masterclass, Salzburg)
Michael Finissy (masterclass, London)