Benjamin Beilman

Violin

Appears on: Brahms’ First Symphony

With this concert, Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the Oregon Symphony.

Born in 1989, American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits across the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances. His deep rich tone and searing lyricism is quickly establishing him as one of the most significant artists of his generation. The New York Times has praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast.” Reviewing his latest recording, The Strad said “Beilman imbues every idea with a scorching expressive imperativeness . . . soaring aloft with ear-ringingly pure intonation . . . then lacerating our sensitivities with hectoring explosions of sound.”

In Europe, Beilman has performed with many major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Zurich Tonhalle. In 2016–17 Beilman made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, and the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse. In the U.S., recent highlights have included a return to the San Francisco Symphony; debuts with the Dallas, Atlanta, and Nashville symphony orchestras; and a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform with Nézet-Séguin in concerts at Kimmel Center and at Carnegie Hall, and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform the world premiere of In Silence by Elizabeth Ogonek, as part of cso’s Musicnow series. Beilman has worked with conductors such as Gabel, Nesterowicz, Valčuha, Shani, and Urbanksi.

Beilman performs regularly in recital and chamber music, appearing at halls such as Wigmore Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, Louvre (Paris), Rudolfinum (Prague), Philharmonie (Berlin), and at festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence Easter, Colmar, Moritzburg, and Heidelberg. In 2017, he made his debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in the Robeco Summer Concerts in trio with Louis Schwizgebel and Narek Hakhnazaryan. In the U.S., Beilman performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and is a frequent guest artist at festivals such as Music@Menlo, Marlboro, and Seattle Chamber Music. In 2016, he made a ten-city recital tour in Australia with Andrew Tyson, and looks forward to recitals in Southeast Asia in the coming seasons.

Highlights of Beilman’s 2017–18 season include his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony (where he will perform Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto); debuts with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Trondheim, Houston, Oregon, and Indianapolis symphonies; and his return to the London Chamber Orchestra. In recital, he returns to Wigmore Hall with Boris Giltburg, and will make his recital debut in Seoul and in the U.S. He will premiere a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski, commissioned by Music Accord, at the Boston Celebrity Series and elsewhere. He returns to Heidelberg Spring Festival and to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Beilman has received several prestigious awards, including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a London Music Masters Award. In 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize at the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition, as well as the People’s Choice Award. Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin on the Analekta label in 2011. In 2016, he released his first disc for Warner Classics titled Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek, and Schubert.

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 “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.