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Benjamin Beilman

Violin

  • Born in 1989, American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits across the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances, his deep rich tone and searing lyricism and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most significant artists of his 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.”

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  • In Europe Beilman has performed with many of the major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle and in 16/17 made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras and the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse. In the US recent highlights have included a return San Francisco Symphony, and debuts with Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Nashville Symphony orchestras. In 16/17 he returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform with Nézet-Séguin both in subscription concerts at Kimmel Center and at Carnegie Hall, and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra he performed the world premiere of In Silence by Elizabeth Ogonek, as part of CSO’s MusicNOW series. Conductors that Beilman has worked with include Gabel, Nesterowicz, Valčuha, Shani, Urbanksi amongst others.


    Beilman performs regularly in recital and chamber music, appearing at halls such as Wigmore Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, Louvre (Paris), Rudolfinum (Prague), Philharmonie (Berlin) and at festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence Easter, Colmar, Moritzburg, Heidelberg and in 2017 he made his debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the Robeco Summer Concerts in trio with Louis Schwizgebel and Narek Hakhnazaryan. In the US Beilman performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and is a frequent guest artist at festivals such as Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music; further afield he made a ten-city recital tour of Australia in 2016 with Andrew Tyson and looks forward to recitals in SE Asia in the coming seasons.


    Highlights of Beilman’s 2017/18 season include his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony where he will perform Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, debuts with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and his return to the London Chamber Orchestra. In recital he returns to Wigmore Hall with Boris Giltburg, will make his recital debut in Seoul and in the US he will premiere a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski, commissioned by Music Accord, at the Boston Celebrity Series and elsewhere. In chamber music, he returns to Heidelberg Spring Festival and to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


    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.

    2017/18 season / 570 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Selected concerto repertoire

J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV.1042


Barber
Violin Concerto, Op.14 


Bernstein
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" 


Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61


Brahms
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77


Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26


Jennifer Higdon
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


Thomas Larcher
Violin Concerto 


Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64


Mozart
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'


Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No.1


Saint-Saëns
Violin Concerto No.3, Op.61


Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47


Szymanowski
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.35 


Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

Conductors

Daniel Blendulf
Andrey Boreyko
Karina Canellakis 
Elim Chan
Han-Na Chang
Fabien Gabel
Hans Graf
Giancarlo Guerrero
Gunther Herbig
Jeffrey Kahane
Jacek Kaspszyk
Dane Lam
Rossen Milanov
Rafael Payare
John Morris Russell
Michal Nesterowicz
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Danail Rachev
Lahav Shani
Vassily Sinaisky
Robert Spano
Michael Stern
Krzysztof Urbański
Juraj Valcuha 
Gilbert Varga 
Christopher Warren-Green

Features

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.

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.

New York Times

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.

San Diego Union Tribune, June 2015

Intermusica represents Benjamin Beilman in Europe (excluding Switzerland), Asia and Australasia

Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Hannah Rawson
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9928
hrawson@intermusica.co.uk

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Roger Vignoles