Violinist Benjamin Beilman’s “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast” (The New York Times). He is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. This season he makes his Alice Tully Hall solo debut, performing the Sibelius Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Gerard Schwarz. Other highlights include performances of the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt, Beethoven concert with the Zurich Kammerorchester, Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sibelius Concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Higdon Violin Concerto with both the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Abroad, Mr. Beilman has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Tonhall Orchester Zurich and Sir Neville Marriner, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Malaysian Philharmonic and Hans Graf. He has also appeared in recital internationally at the Louvre, Tonhalle Zurich, Wigmore Hall, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In the U.S., Mr. Beilman has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall last season in a program that included the premiere of a new work by David Ludwig, commissioned for him by Carnegie Hall. Past recital appearances include University of Florida Performing Arts, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society as a recipient of Philadelphia’s 2010 Musical Career Award, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MusicFest Vancouver, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Beilman performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and on tour. He is also a frequent guest artist at chamber music festivals, including Music@Menlo and Chamber Music Northwest, as well as the Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Santa Fe, and Seattle Chamber Music festivals. Mr. Beilman collaborates abroad at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.
In 2010 he won the 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 DC at the Kennedy Center.
As First Prize winner of the 2010 Montreal 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 a 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 Top, WQXR’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 “ex-Mary Portman” Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona, from 1735 on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
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