Twenty-six year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise in both North America and Europe 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 also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast.” Following his performance of the Sibelius Concerto at the Montreal Competition, The Strad described his performance of the slow movement as “pure poetry.”
In the 2016-17 season Mr. Beilman returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in subscription and on tour with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He also appears as soloist on the Chicago Symphony’s new music series, and he performs with the Symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Grand Rapids as well as making recital debuts in San Francisco and Vancouver. Abroad, Mr. Beilman makes his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony, and at the Dvořák Festival in Prague; he also returns to London’s Wigmore Hall, and he appears in recital on a ten-city tour of Australia – including debut appearances in Sydney and Melbourne. He also returned to Europe to play Beethoven with the London Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and for recitals at the Louvre and the Wigmore Hall, as well as at the Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.
In March 2016 Warner Classics released Mr. Beilman’s debut recital CD of works by Schubert, Janáček and Stravinsky. Highlights last season include his debut with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony and the world premiere of a new concerto written for him by Edmund Finnis with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Mr. Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonata for violin on the Analekta label in 2011.
In recent seasons, Mr. Beilman has appeared in subscription with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and he returned to play with them at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival and at Saratoga. He also made his debut in recital at the Berlin Philharmonie, and he appeared with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and with Orchestra St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. He has recently appeared both in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony and Weill Hall, for his recital debut, in a program that included the premiere of a new work by David Ludwig commissioned for him by Carnegie Hall. Mr. Beilman also previously performed with the Basel Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Eugene Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. 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 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.
Benjamin Beilman 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 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize in the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition. In 2009 he was a winner of Astral Artists’ National Auditions. 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.