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. The Scotsman has described him as "a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining" and the New York Times has praised his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast."
Highlights of Beilman’s 2020/21 season include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Basel Symphony and Staatskapelle Weimar orchestras as well as a return to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Highlights in recent seasons include debuts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra as soloist in the Beethoven Concerto, conducted by Janowski, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tonkünstler Orchestra (Vienna), and in the US with the Utah Symphony and Minnesota orchestras.
In past seasons, Beilman has performed with many major orchestras worldwide including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Sydney Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra both at home and at Carnegie Hall. Conductors with whom he works include Han-Na Chang, Elim Chan, Osmo Vänskä, Giancarlo Guerrero
In recital and chamber music, Beilman performs regularly at the major halls across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Louvre (Paris), Philharmonie (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and at festivals he has performed at eg Verbier, Aix-en-Provence Easter, Prague Dvorak, Robeco Summer Concerts (Amsterdam), Music@Menlo, Marlboro and Seattle Chamber Music amongst others. In early 2018 he premiered a new work dedicated to the political activist Angela Davis written by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord which he has performed extensively across the US.
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, and has received many prestigious accolades including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. He has an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics and released his first disc Spectrum for the label in 2016, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert. Beilman plays the "Engleman" Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Selected concerto repertoire
Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV.1042
Violin Concerto, Op.14
Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 'Strassburg'
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219 'Turkish'
Violin Concerto No.1
Violin Concerto No.3, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.35
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
John Morris Russell
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Read an interview with Benjamin Beilman in the Huffington Post here where he discusses Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, ahead of his performances with San Francisco Symphony and Juraj Valčuha.
"The lyricism with which Beilman played the solo line transported the music from the tundra to the Mediterranean, giving the music a colour and vitality I’ve scarcely heard in it."
New York Times
The brilliant young violinist Benjamin Beilman was the excellent soloist in Barber’s ravishing, Neo-Romantic 1939 Violin Concerto. He brought dark chocolate sound and lyricism to his rhapsodic playing and compellingly dispatched the breathless, perpetual-motion finale.
Scotsman, December 2017
He’s a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining.