Twenty-seven year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone and is establishing himself on both sides of the Atlantic as a significant artist of the next generation. The New York Times has praised his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast". Reviewing his latest recording, The Strad said “Beilman imbues every idea with a scorching expressive imperativeness... soaring aloft with ear-ringingly pure intonation... then lacerating our sensitivities with hectoring explosions of sound.”
In May 2017, Beilman stepped in at the eleventh hour to make his Dutch debut, playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, which he also played to great acclaim in his debut earlier in 2017 with the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse. Elsewhere in 16/17 he made his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony playing Prokofiev 1 and in recital at the Prague Dvorak Festival in the Rudolfinium with Louis Schwizgebel, and at the Heidelberg Easter Festival with Andrew Tyson.
In chamber music he returned to Wigmore Hall, made his debut at Stockholm Concert Hall and coming up he makes his debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the Robeco Summer Concerts in trio with Louis Schwizgebel and Narek Hakhnazaryan. In previous seasons Beilman has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Chamber, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Basel Symphony orchestras, in recital at the Louvre and at the Wigmore and at festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence Easter, Colmar and Moritzburg Festivals.
In North America, Beilman returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform Prokofiev 1 with Nézet-Séguin both in subscription concerts and at Carnegie Hall, following his hugely successful debut with them in 14/15 and subsequent performances at at the Bravo! Vail and Saratoga festivals. Elsewhere in the US he is working with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Detroit amongst others and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in NYC and this spring he performed a new work by Elizabeth Oganek “In Silence” with members of the Chicago Symphony in the CSO’s MusicNOW series.
Beilman also performs regularly in recital and chamber music, appearing in both Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall and is a frequent guest artist at festivals such as Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music Festivals. Further afield Beilman made a ten-city tour of Australia, including debut appearances in Sydney and Melbourne, and performed chamber music in South Korea.
Beilman has received several prestigious awards including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. In 2010 he won the First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and as First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People's Choice Award, Beilman recorded Prokofiev's complete sonatas for violin on the Analekta label in 2011. In 2016 he released his first disc for Warner Classics titled Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek and Schubert.
Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. He plays the "Engleman" Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Selected concerto repertoire
Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV.1042
Violin Concerto, Op.14
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 'Strassburg'
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219 'Turkish'
Violin Concerto No.1
Violin Concerto No.3, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.35
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
John Morris Russell
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Read an interview with Benjamin Beilman in the Huffington Post here where he discusses Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, ahead of his performances with San Francisco Symphony and Juraj Valčuha.
New York Times
Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence in Mozart’s Sonata showed why he has come so far so fast.
New York Times
The brilliant young violinist Benjamin Beilman was the excellent soloist in Barber’s ravishing, Neo-Romantic 1939 Violin Concerto. He brought dark chocolate sound and lyricism to his rhapsodic playing and compellingly dispatched the breathless, perpetual-motion finale.
San Diego Union Tribune, June 2015
Beilman convincingly matched Mozart’s youthful musical affect, and he also displayed a pure, uncommonly rich, tone… it was completely assured, absolutely certain, and undeniably charming.