Dagmar Clottu is an award-winning concert pianist who has performed internationally. She has played premieres of works by Swiss composers Alfred Schweizer, René Gerber, and Daniel Andres and has recorded works by these composers as well as those of the Romantic era, including Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt.
Born in Bienne, Switzerland, Dagmar began piano lessons with her mother at age six and then continued study with Harry Datyner in Geneva, where she won the Paderewski Prize at age 22. She subsequently won the Pembauer Prize in Berne and the Alex de Vries Prize at the Concours Internationale d'Execucion Musicale in Geneva. She has taken master classes with Vlado Perlemuter, Nikita Magaloff, and Paul Badura- Skoda and been advised by Martha Argerich and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
She completed programs in German and musicology at the University of Geneva. In addition to her career as a pianist, she was active as a music critic for fourteen years.
Clottu is an avid player of chamber music and lieder and has played all of Mahler’s lieder. She has performed recitals and concerts throughout Europe and in Israel, Chile, and the USA. In the ninth annual Association of Adventist Women's conference in 1991 in Santa Clara, California, she provided music described by Kit Watts, a reporter at the event, as "exquisite" for several events.
On a personal level she lives an austere and highly disciplined life and is very energy conscious, carefully using minimal amounts of electricity. In her home she uses water sparingly, and her diet consists of organic and regionally grown foods, when possible.
Source: Biography, kProgetto (Project) Martha Argerich website (unknown date); Kit Watts, "Monday: Food for the Journey," The Adventist Woman, August/September/October 1991, 8; Energy website, www.energieeffort.ch/ESB/Teams_Equipes/Dagmar_clottu .