Born in Annecy, Béatrice Martin studied the harpsichord from the age of six. Her musical itinerary led her to study with some of the great personalities of the harpsichord: Christiane Jaccottet at the Geneva Conservatory, Kenneth Gilbert and Christophe Rousset at the Paris Conservatory, where she won many first prizes with the highest distinction, and where she also followed a cycle of advanced studies. She received the precious advice of Huguette Dreyfus, Ton Koopman and Lars- Ulrik Mortensen at master-classes.
Winning First Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges in 1998, she also won the Audience Prize and the prize of the publisher Bärenreiter. The following year she was declared ‘Revelation of the ADAMI’ at the MIDEM in Cannes.
Béatrice Martin then began to be invited to many festivals: Festival of Ambronay, La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Festival Couperi, Bach in Combrailles, Festival of Lanvellec, Printemps Baroque du Sablon, the festivals of Utrecht, MA Festival of Bruges, Daroca, Girona, Malta, Tallinn, ‘Cycle harpsichordistes Français’ in Mexico, London Festival of Baroque Music... She has also appeared at the Folles Journées of Nantes and the Lisbon Festival. In Paris she has played at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Comique, the Cité de la Musique, giving recitals of the complete Couperin, Rameau and Bach, and ‘Itinéraires de Bach à Handel’, and ‘Figures of the Passion'.
Highly regarded for her talents as a continuo player, she has played with numerous ensembles: Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert Spirituel, Ricercar, Il Seminario Musicale... She has been a favourite partner of William Christie and his Arts Florissants for twenty years. Her activity within this prestigious ensemble, also as musical assistant, is particularly varied. From the Opéra Garnier to the Teatro Colon, from the Lincoln Center to Tokyo Opera, via the Comédie Française, the Festival d’Aix en Provence, the Festival de Thiré... Béatrice Martin has taken part in many operas, oratorios, concerti, comédies-ballets... With them she has recorded some twenty CDs and DVDs. In January 2015 she took part in the concert of inauguration for the Philharmonie de Paris.
Acknowledged for the qualities of her teaching, Béatrice Martin, holder of a Certificat d’Aptitude, created and directed the harpsichord class in the Escola Superior de Música of Catalunya in Barcelona (from 2001 to 2013) and is currently guest teacher at the Juilliard School, New York.
Having been a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 1993, she has taught on several occasions during auditions for this same fantastic project.
She was a jury member for the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges in 2011 and in 2015.
In 2000 Béatrice Martin founded, with Patrick Cohën-Akenine, the ensemble Les Folies Françoises, since contributing greatly to its development. She has appeared with this ensemble in more than 400 concerts at festivals and concert seasons in France and elsewhere. She has, amongst other projects, recorded with this ensemble four discs of music by J. S. Bach: the dialogue cantatas (Cypres), the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord (Fontmorigny, “Choc” from Le Monde de la Musique). Highly esteemed and awarded a Diapason d’Or, the last appeared with Cypres in 2011: the concertos for harpsichord, BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1056, were recorded on a magnificent historic instrument built by the German Christian Zell.
Her last CD Les Sauvages (Cypres label), recorded on a Couchet-Blanchet harpsichord explores the taste for exoticism that prevailed in the French Court. It received 4 stars from Mad (Le Soir) and 5 Diapasons from the same magazine. « …ambitious and passionate recital, deploying an array of impressive touch… »