Benjamin Beilman, violin
Benjamin Beilman has won praise both for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive,” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” The Times has also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence,” and the Strad described his playing as “pure poetry.” A 2018 feature in The Boston Globe remarked that Beilman’s “playing already has its own sure balance of technical command, intensity, and interpretive finesse.
Highlights of Beilman’s 2018-19 season include play-directing and curating a program with the Vancouver Symphony, making his debut at the Philharmonie in Cologne with Ensemble Resonanz, and with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Koblenz; performing Four Seasons with the Cincinnati Symphony and Richard Egarr, returning to the City of Birmingham Symphony, and debuting with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Elim Chan. In recital, he will be presented by Lincoln Center in New York, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the Kennedy Center in DC, and appear in performances of Mozart Sonatas at Philadelphia’s Perelman Theater and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk. His European recital and chamber music engagements include the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall for a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast.
In early 2018, Beilman premiered Demons, a new work dedicated to the political activist Angela Davis written by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord, which he has performed across the US, including in recitals presented by Boston Celebrity Series, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, the Gilmore Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He gave the European premiere in Europe at the Heidelberg Spring Festival.
In the 2017-18 season, Beilman appeared as a soloist with the Detroit, Houston, Utah, Oregon, North Carolina and Indianapolis Symphonies and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He also toured California with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program which he both programmed and play-directed. Abroad, Beilman made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony, and debuted with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Trondheim Symphony.
In past seasons, Beilman has performed with many major orchestras worldwide – in Europe these have included the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Chamber, Scottish Chamber, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In the US Beilman has performed with San Francisco Symphony, and several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Beilman came to worldwide attention following his First Prize wins in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions – where he was also recipient of a People’s Choice Award – and the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition. He went on to receive prestigious accolades including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a London Music Masters Award and an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. Beilman released his first disc for the label in 2016, titled Spectrum and featuring works by Stravinsky, Janácek and Schubert. In its review of the album, All Music Guide wrote, “This is a young violinist to watch, one who has already mastered many styles and is working toward breakthroughs of his own.”
Beilman began playing violin at the age of five and went on to study 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.