After starting music in Aix-en-Provence, Amandine Beyer went on to study violin at the CNSMD in Paris then joined the Schola Cantorum in Basle (Switzerland) in Chiara Banchini’s class. She also benefitted from the teaching of Christophe Coin, Hopkinson Smith and Pedro Memelsdorff. She soon stood out in several international competitions and, in particular, won the first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi competition in Turin, in 2001.
Amandine Beyer has since been giving concerts worldwide: at the Philharmonie in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, or the Oji Hall in Tokyo… She is regularly invited as a soloist and Konzertmeister by the Akademie Für Alte Musik, the Arion Orchestra of Montreal, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra of Toronto, Les Siècles of F.X. Roth, the Collegium Vocale of Philippe Herreweghe, the Ensemble 415 of Chiara Banchini, or else the Finnish Baroque Orchestra…
At the same time, she has been performing chamber music with such partners as Pierre Hantaï, Kristian Bezuidenhout, or Malcolm Bilson, ranging from the baroque to the romantic repertory, including in particular Schubert and Beethoven. She is also part of a duet with the pianist Laurence Beyer. In 2015, she founded the Kitgut Quartet, a string quartet playing period instruments.
In 2011 Amandine Beyer recorded J.S. Bach’s Sonatas & Partita (Zig-Zag Territoires/Outhere Music) whose huge public and critical success enabled her to perform at the highest level. She was then contacted by the choreographer Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker (the Rosas company) for the creation and tour of the show Partita 2. After five performances in the Cour d’Honneur du Palais des Papes in Avignon, which closed the IN Festival that year, she undertook an international tour, giving sixty shows all around the world.
In 2006, Amandine Beyer set up her own ensemble, Gli Incogniti, with which she has approached the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Pachelbel, Matteis, or Couperin… Gli Incogniti has appeared in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in France (the Philharmonie of Paris, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Arsenal of Metz, the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Opéra de Dijon, the Opéra de Rouen, the Fondation Royaumont, the Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, the Festival Radio France Montpellier Occitanie, the Festival de Sablé, or the Festival de Saintes…) as well as abroad (the Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Boston Festival, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw and MA Festival in Bruges, the Flagey and Bozar in Brussels, Oude Muziek in Utrecht, the Philharmonie of Liège, the Philharmonie of Luxemburg…). In 2018, Gli Incogniti and Amandine Beyer worked with Anne Teresa de Keersmaecke’s dance company Rosas on the show The Six Brandenburg Concertos which was performed at the Opéra de Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, in Berlin, New-York, Liège, Lille, Luxemburg…
In 2008, Gli Incogniti recorded a reference version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons which made the ensemble known to the general public. Since then, their discography (Matteis, Rosenmüller, Vivaldi, Corelli, Couperin, Haydn…) has been unanimously hailed by critics and received a large number of the highest awards (Diapason d’Or, Choc de l’Année, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, 4F de Télérama). In particular, an album of Vivaldi’s double concertos was recorded with Giuliano Carmignola in 2016 for Harmonia Mundi.
Since 2017, Gli Incogniti has been approaching the classical repertory, including CPE Bach, Haydn, Richter… beginning with collaborations with Alexei Lubimov and Kristian Bezuidenhout. An album devoted to Haydn’s concertos, which received a Diapason d’Or, came out in 2018 with Harmonia Mundi.
In 2020, in the context of a residency at the Théâtre de La Coursive (La Rochelle), Gli Incogniti will create a programme of Mozart’s concertos.
Devoted to handing culture down, Amandine Beyer has been teaching at the Scola Cantorum in Basle since 2010. In 2017, she set up an academy of chamber music and physical exercise with Gli Incogniti.