Béatrice Ellis received a musical and piano performance training both from the Conservatoire Régional de Lyon in France and the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland. Following graduation, she enjoyed a free-lance career as a teacher, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist mainly through the Lyon Opéra. In 1987, she was offered an assistantship by the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT) and later on received a grant from the French Ministry of Culture to pursue a Masters degree in Piano Performance at this institution.
After receiving her degree, she moved to New York City where she worked for two companies specializing in classical music production, before being hired by the French Embassy Cultural Services where she served in various capacities from 1991 to 2000. In 1997, she accepted the post of Cultural Attachée in charge of the arts. Since 2000, she has settled in Ann Arbor after her husband John accepted a post at the University of Michigan School of Music. In order to deepen her pedagogical approach, she has taken many courses in psychology and social sciences at Washtenaw Community College. She has been teaching piano privately from her home since 2003 and is currently the President of the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.