Sentimental elegance combined with thrilling temperament and authenticity. This is how the violinist Berenice Christin Terwey can be described in just one sentence. The young exceptional violinist thrills both the audience and reviewers and is enjoying increasing popularity in the world of classical music.
In 2005-2006, she will give performances throughout Europe and South America, both as soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Ucrania and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Carlos Miguel Prieto) etc., and as duo eg at the Teatro Colsubsidio Roberto Arias Pérez Bogotá (Columbia), Tonhalle Zurich , Musikhalle Hamburg , Concertgebouw Amsterdam , De Doelen Rotterdam ?
Her performances eg in London (St. John's Smith Square), Salzburg (Great Festival Hall), Brno (Janacek Theatre), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Munich (Philharmonie Gasteig), Budapest Music (Academy), Rome (Teatro Ghione), Valencia /Spain (Palau de la Música (Iturbi Hall)), at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Concertgebouw Haarlem and Amsterdam , in Dresden, Zermatt ?and at the International Festival of Music Lucerne (Centre of Culture + Congress), Marovian Autumn Brno, West-Brabant Musikfestival etc...with orchestras such as Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Dresden and Brno Philharmonic (M.Plasson), MDR-Symphony (N. Järvi, M.Viotti), Festival Strings Lucerne (R. Baumgartner), Chamber Orchestra Prague, Baden-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (J.Färber), Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra (Ligeti)... prove her unique ability and remove any doubts that the listeners may have that she is one of the most promising and exciting up-and-coming violinists.
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 26 years old 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 is now perfecting 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".
In 1988 she was released from general compulsory schooling on account of her musical talent.
In 1992 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.