Nerine Barrett was born in Jamaica and studied piano with Ilona Kabos in London. A prize-winner at the Casella Competition (Naples) and the Young Concert Artists Auditions (New York), Barrett also won the Mozart Memorial Prize (London) and the first Michaels Award (New York). She gave her widely noted debut recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Carnegie Recital Hall in 1966/67. She has played with many prestigious orchestras including the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchester of Zürich. Among the distinguished conductors she has performed under are Sir John Barbirolli, Gary Bertini, Pierre Boulez, Dennis Russell Dauies, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Eugen Jochum, Rudolf Kempe and James Levine. Nerine Barrett gained vital artistic impulses at the Marlboro Music Festiual in Vermont (USA), where she appeared several times and collaborated with such celebrated interpreters as Rudolf Serkin. Since 1989 she has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, where she was appointed professor.