Bella Schütz began her solo career at the age of 15 when she performed Saint-Saëns’ 2nd concerto in Paris. She is a seasoned pianist and has already demonstrated her talent and virtuosity in numerous concerts. In August 2022, she played Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Siena as part of the International Chigiana Festival.
Born in Paris in 2002, Bella is currently pursuing Masters studies at the Univeristät der Künste Berlin in the class of Prof. Björn Lehmann and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Prof. Jan Jiracek von Arnim. She was first trained by Branka Balevic-Gasparian and later graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris as a student of Yves Henry before joining the class of Prof. Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg for her Bachelor’s degree.
Bella has won awards in various national and international piano competitions: Piano Campus (Paris), Jeunes Talents en Normandie, Claude Bonneton (where she also received the Special Prize for the performance of a contemporary work), Feurich (Vienna), Lagny-sur-Marne. Bella recently attended Lilya Zilberstein’s masterclass at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, which resulted in the award of one of the institution’s scholarships. She has followed master-classes with renowned soloists and pedagogues including Tatiana Zelikman, Claire Désert, Jay Gottlieb, Arie Vardi, Michel Béroff, and Vladimir Tropp.
She has worked with conductors such as José Luis Castillo, Jean-Luc Tingaud, Daniele Gatti and performed piano concertos by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Bella has given concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, England and Spain and regularly appears in festivals such as the Nohant Festival Chopin, the Festival de l’Epau, the Festival Baroque de Pontoise, the Chigiana International Festival, and the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise. In september 2022, she performed on France Musique Live. Bella is supported by the Safran Foundation.
Since 2021, Bella forms the Trio Callas with violinist Arieta Liatsi (Greece) and cellist Lucas Garcia Muramoto (Brazil/Japan). They were the youngest finalists at the Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Music Competition in Lodz and won the ProQuartet prize at the FNAPEC competition in Paris.