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Benjamin Beilman

Violin

Benjamin Beilman

Biography

Benjamin Beilman is one of his generation's fastest rising international stars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. 

In 2014-15, Mr. Beilman made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and appeared with Orchestra St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall. He returned to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Festival, and made his recital debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. He also appeared with the Basel Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra.  In the upcoming season, he premieres a new concerto written for him by Edmund Finnis with the London Contemporary Orchestra, appears with the Eugene Symphony, Albany Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra, and makes his debut in recital at the Louvre in Paris and London's Wigmore Hall. He will also makes his debut recital CD with Warner Classics.

In recent seasons,  Mr. Beilman made his debut playing Mendelssohn with the San Francisco Symphony, and performed in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony. He also made his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Hall in a program that included the premiere of a new work by David Ludwig, commissioned for him by Carnegie Hall. Recent appearances also include performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Past recital appearances include University of Florida Performing Arts, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Abroad, Mr. Beilman has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Sir Neville Marriner, with l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with the Malaysian Philharmonic and Hans Graf.  He has also appeared in recital internationally at the Louvre, Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall, Spannungen, and Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Mr. Beilman is a frequent guest artist at festivals including at Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest as well as at the Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Sedona Chamber Music Festivals.  Mr. Beilman collaborates abroad at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and at the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.

In 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.  He performed acclaimed debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, sponsored by the Summis Auspiciis Prize, and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

As First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Mr. Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin on the Analekta label in 2011.  He won the Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as well as prizes for the best Bach performance and Mozart sonata performance; First Prize in the 2009 Schmidbauer and Corpus Christi International Competitions in Texas, where he was also awarded the special Bach prize; and the Gold Medal at the Stulberg International String Competition.  Mr. Beilman was a winner of Astral Artists’ 2009 National Auditions and the Milka/Astral Violin Prize. He was a 2007 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.  He has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and From the TopWQXR’s McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, and WFMT’s Impromptu.

 

Mr. 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 Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona, 1735 ex Mary Portman on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.