Recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and as first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002-2013, Martin Beaver is in demand all over the world. After a remarkable career, the Quartet concluded their final season in the summer of 2013. Remaining one of Canada’s violin ambassadors to the international concert stages, Martin is an active musician for recital, concerto, and chamber performances.
Martin has been a concerto artist with orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Portuguese Radio Orchestra, and all the major Canadian orchestras. He has collaborated with many esteemed artists, including violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and eminent conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Leon Fleisher, and Charles Dutoit. In recital Martin has enchanted audiences in cities across North America and Europe. He has also been invited to such festivals as the Ravinia Festival (Rising Stars Series), Concerts Under the Dome (Chicago), Seattle chamber Music Festival, OstBelgien Festival (Belgium), Music in Blair Atholl (Scotland), and major Canadian festivals.
A recipient of many awards, Mr. Beaver was the first to be awarded the use of the 1729 “ex-Heath” Guarneri del Gesù violin on loan from The Canada Council for the Arts – Musical Instrument Bank. He has also been the recipient of the Canada Council’s prestigious Virginia Parker Award, received top prizes at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, the 1990 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the 1991 Montreal International Music Competition.
A former pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng, Martin Beaver has served on the faculties of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of British Columbia, Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University, Steinhardt School at New York University, and the Yale School of Music. Mr. Beaver has been appointed to the faculty at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He acts as co-director of the chamber music program and maintains his own studio in the school’s Conservatory of Music.