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BENJAMIN BEILMAN

Violinist Benjamin Beilman's "handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast" (The New York Times).  He is the recipient of both a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2012 London Music Masters Award.  This season, Mr. Beilman makes his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the New York Youth Symphony in Stern Auditorium; additional concerto debuts this season include appearances with the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall, the Los Angeles and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, the Buffalo and Chicago Philharmonics, and the Fort Worth and Greenville Symphonies.  He also makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Hall in a program that includes the premiere of a new work by David Ludwig, commissioned by Carnegie Hall.  Other recital highlights include appearances at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Zürich's Tonhalle, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Ravinia's Rising Stars Series.

Abroad, Mr. Beilman has appeared as soloist with the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner, in Canada with L'Orchestre Métropoliatin de Montréal under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with the Malaysian Philharmonic under Hans Graf.  Mr. Beilman has also soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit and Kansas City Symphonies, and performed the Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto with the South Dakota and Glens Falls Symphonies.  Past recital appearances include the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society as recipient of Philadelphia's 2010 Musical Fund Society Career Award, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MusicFest Vancouver, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Wigmore Hall in London, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, and Basel's Rising Stars Series.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Beilman appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a member of CMS Two.  He also appears as a guest artist at Music@Menlo, Bay Chamber Concerts, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest as well as the Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Sedona Chamber Music Festivals.  Mr. Beilman collaborates abroad at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

In 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Audition and YCA's Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.  He performed acclaimed debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, sponsored by the Summmis Auspiciis Prize, and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center.

As First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People's Choice Award, Mr. Beilman recorded Prokofiev's complete violin sonatas on the Analekta label in 2011.  He won the Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and prizes for the best Bach performance and Mozart sonata performance; First Prize in the 2009 Schmidbauer and Corpus Christi International Competitions in Texas, where he was also awarded special Bach prize; and the Gold Medal at the Stulberg International String Competition.  Mr. Beilman was a winner of Astral Artists' 2009 National Auditions and the Milka/Astral Violin Prize.  He was a 2007 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.  He has been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and "From the Top;" on WQXR's McGraw-Hill "Young Artists Showcase;" and Chicago WFMT's "Impromptu."

Mr. Beilman previously 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.
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