Benjamin Beilman returns to Heidelberger Frühling
Benjamin Beilman returns to Heidelberger Frühling after his successful festival debut in 2017. He performs in several chamber concerts with artists such as Igor Levit, Julian Bliss and Marc-Andre Hamelin on 22, 23 and 24 March. Beilman also performs in recital on 23 April with pianist Danae Dörken in a programme of Beethoven, Britten, and a new piece by Frederic Rzewski, Demons. Beilman gives the world premiere of the piece in Baltimore’s Shriver Concerts series on 3 March, and gives further performances in Boston and Ridgewood, New Jersey, on 7 and 11 March.
Beilman received critical acclaim for his performances at Heidelberger Frühling last year:
“Violinist Benjamin Beilman impressed with his tremendous urge to communicate in the Adagio… He could not have internalised any more of this passage’s unbridled passion if he tried.”
Benjamin Beilman steps in with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin
Benjamin Beilman steps in at short notice this week for four concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Leonard Slatkin from 22 February 2018.
The concerts are part of the orchestra's French Festival and see Beilman perform Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3 in two concerts on 22 February and the morning of 23 February, and Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on 23 and 24 February.
This marks Beilman's debut appearance in the orchestra's subscription series. Both the morning performance on 23 February and the performance on 24 February will be broadcast live on the orchestra's website.
Benjamin Beilman & Boris Giltburg perform in recital at Wigmore Hall
Benjamin Beilman returns to Wigmore Hall this month to perform as at the Sunday morning Coffee Concert series on 14 January. Beilman performs in recital alongside Intermusica's Boris Giltburg, playing a programme of Brahms Violin Sonata No.1 and Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.1.
Elsewhere in January, Beilman makes his debut with the Oregon Symphony on 27, 28 and 29 January. Beilman joins the orchestra under the baton of David Danzmayr to perform Mozart Violin Concerto No.5, a piece he repeats with the Trondheim Symphony on 18 January.
Giltburg performs again the UK later in the month, joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for three concerts in Bournemouth, Poole and Exeter on 24, 25 and 26 January. Conducted by Mikhail Tatarnikov, Giltburg performs Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2. He also gives two solo recitals in Germany, for Radio Bremen on 20 January and in Solingen the following day.
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra this month, giving two performances of the Barber Violin Concerto on 14 December at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, and on 15 December at Glasgow’s City Halls. The conductor is Karina Canellakis, and also on the programme is John Adams Son of a Chamber Symphony and Schubert Symphony No.5.
Elsewhere in December, Beilman joins the Sarasota Orchestra for another performance of the Barber Concerto. He also performs at Santa Fe Pro Musica, performing Bernstein’s Serenade.
Benjamin Beilman makes recital debut in Seoul
Benjamin Beilman makes his Seoul recital debut on 23 November 2017 at Kumho Art Hall, performing with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. The duo perform Schubert Violin Sonata D.574 ‘Duo’, a new work by Chris Rogerson entitled Once, Bartók’s Violin Sonata No.2 and Schubert’s ‘Rondeau brillant’ D. 895.
Beilman and Yekwoon Sunwoo are regular musical partners, collaborating on Spectrum, Beilman's acclaimed debut release for Warner Classics:
"Benjamin Beilman immediately draws us into the elusive sound world of Schubert’s D574 Sonata via his acute sensitivity to phrasing and dynamics... 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. His edge-of-the-seat, Kremer-on-fire take on Kreisler’s Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta sets the seal on a dazzling recital."
Elsewhere, Beilman performs with New Century Chamber Orchestra in four concerts across California from 9 to 12 November as guest concertmaster, in a varied programme of works by Bach, Stravinsky, Andrew Norman, Biber and Beethoven. Beilman also performs with the Charlotte Symphony on 17 and 18 November, playing Beethoven Violin Concerto conducted by Christopher Warren-Green.
Benjamin Beilman makes debut with San Francisco Symphony
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony this month, performing two concerts under the baton of Juraj Valčuha on 28 and 29 July 2017. Beilman performs Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as part of a Russian programme that also features Glazunov Concert Waltz No.1 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition at San Francisco’s Davies Hall.
Beilman’s recent performances of this concerto have received critical acclaim:
“Beilman’s palette of colors and timbres was inexhaustible, ranging from brassiness to a silken tone that had the purity of a human voice. His technique kept these traits apparent even while executing countless stratospherically-high harmonics or huge leaps down the fingerboard. Every note had been thought of, given attention, and absorbed into a musical idea.”
Arts Bham, June 2017
Beilman's other performances this month have included the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Gilbert Varga and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, as well as appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and a trio concert at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan & Benjamin Beilman make trio debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman give their debut concert as a piano trio at the Robeco SummerNights Festival in Amsterdam on 14 July 2017. Performing at the city's Concertgebouw, the trio perform a programme of Beethoven Piano Trio No.7 in B-flat major, Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor and Ravel Piano Trio in A minor.
Schwizgebel, Hakhnazaryan and Beilman give a preview of the concert the day before on the Dutch classical radio station Opium (NPO Radio 4). The artists will each be interviewed, and give a short performance.
Benjamin Beilman steps in to make debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 May 2017 when he steps in for Patricia Kopatchinskaya. Beilman performs Sibelius Violin Concerto at De Doelen conducted by Krzysztof Urbański.
Beilman played the Sibelius concerto in April this year for his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, for which Beilman was praised for his "utter finesse":
"[Beilman] demonstrated utter finesse in his handling of the piece, alternating with explosions of virtuosity performed with heroic fervour… The violinist brought huge refinement to this nuanced score."
"The ideal choice": Benjamin Beilman makes acclaimed debut at Heidelberger Frühling
Benjamin Beilman, whilst already making his festival debut performing several chamber music concerts at this year’s Heidelberger Frühling festival, stepped in to replace Lisa Batiashvili in a performance on 22 April 2017 with Igor Levit and Daniel Müller-Schott. Beilman performed Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello and Dvorák Piano Trio No.4. A review said:
“Benjamin Beilman and Daniel Müller-Schott were the ideal choice: Their intensity and closeness to the musical action did not let up for a moment.. Violinist Benjamin Beilman impressed with his tremendous urge to communicate in the Adagio… He could not have internalised any more of this passage’s unbridled passion if he tried.”
Beilman also replaced Nemanja Radulović in recital on 26 April alongside regular duo partner Andrew Tyson at Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg. The duo performed Mozart Violin Sonata No.1, Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No.1, Kaija Saariaho Tocar and Brahms Violin Sonata Op.108. The performance received critical acclaim:
“The two musicians gave sensuously energetic shape to the virtuoso ending, underpinned by phenomenal precision… This was no opulent feat of the violin but rather cleverly conceived art, precluded from fully expressing emotions but instead offering up occasional dreamlike allusions.”
Beilman remains in Europe in May, performing on tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and London’s Wigmore Hall on 4 and 5 May. Beilman performs alongside pianists Wu Han and Alessio Bax, violist Yura Lee and cellist Jakob Koranyi in a programme of Mozart Piano Quartet No.2 and Dvorák Piano Quartet No.2.
Benjamin Beilman makes debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Benjamin Beilman travels to France this month to make his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse at the Halle aux Grains on 14 April 2017. Beilman performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the performance is conducted by Raphael Payare.
Beilman’s performance of the concerto last month, during his debut with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano, was praised by critics:
"[The concerto] was a great vehicle for Beilman’s passionately canorous playing as well as his technical acumen… His rendering of the slow second movement was poetic in its expression, and the final movement for all its formidable difficulty, did not descend to mere technical show in Beilman’s hands; the solo part’s musicality was never overshadowed by its brilliant gymnastics.”
Benjamin Beilman performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Beilman travels to Atlanta to perform Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano in two performances on 2 and 4 March 2017. Beilman was invited to perform with the orchestra by Spano following their performance of Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2015, which garnered praise from critics:
"As a piece of major talent, Beilman's playing spoke for itself. Even those who heard him when he was a Curtis Institute student or member of Astral Artists' selective roster might have been startled by his polish and power in Higdon's 2008 work."
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2015
Other highlights for Beilman this season include performances with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and recitals in Europe.
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Vassily Sinaisky
Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in two concerts taking place on 18 and 21 January 2016 under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky. Beilman performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, which he performed to critical acclaim with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in November at Carnegie Hall:
"the young performer displayed faultless technique and responded warmly to the orchestra... Beilman held his own with the power of the full orchestra... His sense of proportion and ability to elicit real feeling from his instrument, without sinking into sentimentality, is something I hope to see and hear again."
Broad Street Review
"Beilman negotiated tricky string skips, fleet arpeggios and complicated bowing maneuvers that made the strings of his Strad dialog with each other... This is exposed stuff, with Mr. Beilman playing with great technical skill and a cool head."
The performances take place at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Benjamin Beilman performs Prokofiev at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Benjamin Beilman returns once again to the Philadelphia Orchestra this month, this time to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall on 15 November 2016. Beilman and the orchestra also perform at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia on 10, 11 and 12 November.
Beilman's last appearance with the orchestra was in a critically acclaimed performance of Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto, of which the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:
“As a piece of major talent, Beilman's playing spoke for itself. Even those who heard him when he was a Curtis Institute student or a member of Astral Artists' selective roster might have been startled by his polish and power in Higdon's 2008 work.”
Louis Schwizgebel & Benjamin Beilman debut at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival
Louis Schwizgebel and Benjamin Beilman travel to Prague on 16 September 2016 to make their debuts at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival.
Together the duo perform a programme of Bach Partita No.2 in D minor, Schubert Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, Dvořák Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major and Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major.
Schwizgebel and Beilman previously collaborated at the Berlin Philharmonie, a performance of which the Berliner Zeitung wrote:
“The interplay between Beilman and Schwizgebel revealed a real passion for discovery, as well as delight in the ability to show everything in a convincing perspective. Audiences will soon be coming back for more from these two artists.”
Benjamin Beilman performs Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Benjamin Beilman travels Saratoga this month to perform with the Philhadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 20 August 2016. Beilman joins the orchestra to perform Beethoven ‘Triple’ Concerto alongside pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel.
Beilman made a successful debut with the orchestra in February 2015, when a critic wrote that “as a piece of major talent, Beilman's playing spoke for itself” and spoke of his “polish and power” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Beilman returns to perform with the orchestra and Nézet-Séguin again in November both in Philhadelphia and at Carnegie Hall, where he performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1.
Elsewhere in August, Beilman makes his debut at Moritzburg Festival, where he peforms as soloist in the opening concert with the festival orchestra alongside Jan Vogler in a performance of Brahms ‘Double’ Concerto on 6 August. Additionally, Beilman appears in a number of chamber concerts across the festival, performing with a host of other musicians such as Lawrence Power and fellow Intermusica artists Narek Hakhnazaryan and Boris Giltburg.
Watch Benjamin Beilman in recital at Verbier Festival with Alessio Bax
Benjamin Beilman performed works by Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert with pianist Alessio Bax on 23 July 2016 at the Verbier Festival. The performance at the Église de Verbier was streamed live by Medici.tv and is now available to watch online.
Beilman and Bax perform a programme of Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op.30, No.1, Ravel Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, M.77 and Schubert Fantasia in C major, D.934.
Daniil Trifonov gives solo recital & Kristóf Baráti debuts at the Verbier Festival with Benjamin Beilman
On 24 July 2016, Daniil Trifonov, Kristóf Baráti and Benjamin Beilman appear at the Verbier Festival.
Trifonov makes the first of three appearances at the festival, performing in recital at the Salle des Combins at 7pm. He performs a programme of Bach Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004: 5. Ciaccona (arr. Brahms for Piano Left-Hand), Liszt Grandes études de Paganini, Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D.894 'Fantasie' and Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book I, Op.35.
Kristóf Baráti then joins Benjamin Beilman and others for his festival debut in a chamber concert at the Église de Verbier at 8pm, performing Fauré Piano Quartet No.2 and Enescu Piano Quartet No.2.
Benjamin Beilman gives debut recital at Wigmore Hall with Andrew Tyson
Benjamin Beilman gives his debut recital at Wigmore Hall on 10 July 2016 in a coffee concert with regular duo partner Andrew Tyson. On the programme is Mozart Violin Sonata No. 35, Janáček Violin Sonata and Schubert Rondo in B minor, ‘Rondeau brillant’.
Prior to this, the duo perform at Colmar Festival in France on 7 July. This year, the festival pays tribute to Jascha Heifetz, so Beilman and Tyson perform the Mozart and Schubert, alongside a selection of works associated with the violinist, including Gershwin Three Preludes (arranged by Heifetz himself), Kreisler Tambourin Chinois and Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante No. 1.
Beilman and Tyson recently performed at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, where their partnership was lauded by critics:
“The absolute alignment of pitch, phrasing, dynamics, and sensitivity to tone allowed deeper possibilities. Slowing the end of the first movement of Mozart's Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304, would not have been so touching without such closeness… both piano and violin parts, taken together, came across like ripples of laughter.”
Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:
Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.
Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.
George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins.
Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert.
Benjamin Beilman makes debut at Festival de Paques Aix-en-Provence alongside Kian Soltani
Benjamin Beilman returns to France this month, where he makes his debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on 24 March 2016. Beilman joins cellist and fellow Intermusica artist Kian Soltani, violinist Mohamed Hiber, violist Manuel Vioque-Judda and pianist François-Frédéric Guy for a chamber concert at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. The programme includes Brahms Piano Quintet No.3 in C minor and Piano Quintet in F minor.
The concert in Aix comes soon after the release of Beilman's debut recording for Warner Classics, Spectrum, which features recordings of Janacek, Stravinsky, Schubert and Kreisler with pianist Yekwoon Sunwoo.
Benjamin Beilman releases debut recording for Warner Classics
Having recently signed exclusively to Warner Classics, Benjamin Beilman’s label debut is released in Europe on 4 March 2016. Entitled Spectrum, Beilman performs an ambitious and wide-ranging programme comprised of Schubert Sonata in A major D.574 ‘Grand Duo’, Janáček Sonata for Violin and Piano, Stravinsky Divertimento from ‘Le baiser de la fée’ and Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta. Joining him for this album is Korean-born pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, a fellow Curtis Institute of Music alumnus.
“Yekwon and I have performed these pieces together for years and as we looked to choose the repertoire for our debut album, we realized that the four works featured on Spectrum – while seemingly disparate at first glance – share many common bonds,” explains Beilman. “The natural lyricism and tenderness of the Schubert highlights the moments of intimacy in the Janacek which so often expresses pure violence and terror. Stravinsky's dance rhythms and insistent pulse are echoed in the waltz section of Kreisler's Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta.”
The same week, he also joins the London Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at Cadogan Hall, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.
Benjamin Beilman performs Beethoven Violin Concerto with London Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Beilman returns to London to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at Cadogan Hall with the London Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Riccardo Minasi, on 2 March 2016.
Following this, he performs in recital at the Auditorium de Louvre on 8 March. Alongside pianist and fellow American Andrew Tyson, Beilman performs an all-Mozart programme of four Violin Sonatas – Nos. 18, 21, 32 & 35, and 6 Variations on 'Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant', K.360.
Beilman then performs several chamber concerts across the United States on tour with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with venues to include New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Seattle’s Meany Hall, between 13 and 19 March, before returning to France to perform at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in a chamber performance on 24 March. The programme in Aix includes Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 and Piano Quintet in F minor.
Benjamin Beilman performs at Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Benjamin Beilman performs at James Ehnes’ Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival this month, with performances taking place on 10 & 15 July 2015. Beilman performs a variety of chamber music and also gives a recital with pianist Jeremy Denk. The duo perform a programme of Mozart’s Violin Sonata No.18 and Janacek’s Violin Sonata.
On 12 July, Beilman returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, this time at Bravo Vail!, where he will again perform Higdon’s Violin Concerto. This follows a performance of the piece with the orchestra in February in Philadelphia, where a critic described him as a ‘major talent’ who played with ‘polish and power’.
Later in July, Beilman travels to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where he performs several times throughout the festival, with repertoire including J.S. Bach, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Franck.
Benjamin Beilman performs at Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego
Benjamin Beilman performs at San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival on 10 June 2015, appearing alongside the festival orchestra and conductor Michael Francis. Beilman performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3, ‘Strassburg’ as part of a Mozart and Mendelssohn programme at Balboa Theatre.
Elsewhere in June, Beilman travels to Europe to perform at Kronberg Academy where he previously studied with Christian Tetzlaff. The recital on 5 June will include music by Janáček and Schubert.
Benjamin Beilman joins Intermusica for European management
25-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman was the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2014, and in 2012 received a London Music Masters Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2010 he won First Prize in the Montréal International Musical Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Beilman has played with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Tonhalle, Frankfurt Radio, Los Angeles Chamber and Philadelphia orchestras and with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Sir Neville Marriner, Lahav Shani and Carlos Miguel Prieto. He has given recitals at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall and appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing, at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt, and the Marlboro and Verbier Festivals.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. His first recording of Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin was released in 2011 on the Analekta label.
Press acclaim for Beilman:
Barber Violin Concerto / NY Youth Symphony / Carnegie Hall
"The brilliant young violinist Benjamin Beilman was the excellent soloist… He brought dark chocolate sound and lyricism to his rhapsodic playing and compellingly dispatched the breathless, perpetual-motion finale.”
New York Times
In recital at Merkin Concert Hall
"Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence in Mozart’s Sonata in E flat (K. 302) showed why he has come so far so fast."
New York Times
In recital with Louis Schwizgebel at the Berlin Philharmonie
“The interplay between Beilman and Schwizgebel revealed a real passion for discovery, as well as delight in the ability to show everything in a convincing perspective. Audiences will soon be coming back for more from these two artists.”