Guest Artist

Benjamin Beilman

Benjamin Beilman


Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise both for his passionate performances and deep, rich tone that The Washington Post called “mightily impressive.” The New York Times also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence which showed why he has come so far so fast.” Following Mr.Beilman’s first prize win at the 2010 Montreal International Musical Competition, The Strad described his performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto as “pure poetry.”

Highlights of the 2017–18 season include performances with the Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Orchestra St. Luke’s, as well as a multicity tour of California play-directing the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program including Bach, Stravinsky and Andrew Norman. In recital, he will premiere a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and perform on tour throughout the U.S. Abroad, Mr. Beilman will make his debut with the Sydney Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony. He will also perform the European premiere of Rzewski’s new work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival.

Last season, Mr. Beilman performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra both in subscription and on tour at Carnegie Hall. He also premiered a new work by Elizabeth Oganek as soloist on the Chicago Symphony’s new music series. He performed with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Grand Rapids and made recital debuts in San Francisco and Vancouver.

Mr. Beilman has received several prestigious awards, including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. As First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin in 2011. In 2016 he released his first disc for Warner Classics, Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek and Schubert.

Mr. Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy. He plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.