Benjamin Beilman has won praise both 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 has also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence,” and the Strad described his playing as “pure poetry.” In a 2018 feature in The Boston Globe, David Weininger remarked that Beilman’s “playing already has its own sure balance of technical command, intensity, and interpretive finesse.”
In the 2017-18 season, Beilman appeared as a soloist with the Detroit, Houston, Oregon, North Carolina and Indianapolis Symphonies and Orchestra St. Luke’s. He also did a multi-city tour of California with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program which he both programmed and play-directed. Abroad, Beilman made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony, and debuted with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony.
In the spring of 2018, Benjamin Beilman and pianist Orion Weiss premiered Demons, a new sonata written for the pair by Frederic Rzewski, and commissioned by Music Accord. Beilman and Weiss performed the work, which is dedicated to the political activist Angela Davis on recital programs presented by the Boston Celebrity Series, Shriver Hall Concert Series, Parlance Chamber Music, Gilmore Festival and Grand Teton Music Festival. Beilman and Weiss will continue to perform the work in recital during the 2018-19 season at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spivey Hall. Beilman will also perform the European premiere of Demonsat the Heidelberg Spring Festival and on his return to Wigmore Hall in London. Beilman will also appear in recital at Philadelphia’s Perelman Theater and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk and in New York and on tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In 2018-19 Beilman will play-direct the Vancouver Symphony, make his debut at the Philharmonie in Cologne with Ensemble Resonanz, perform Four Seasonswith the Cincinnati Symphony and Richard Egarr, return to the City of Birmingham Symphony, and debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Beilman will perform concertos by Brahms, Bernstein, Prokofiev and Higdon, among others in orchestral engagements with the Berkeley, Greenville and Portland Symphonies; Rhode Island and Colorado Springs Philharmonic; along with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Iceland Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic in Japan.
Beilman garnered worldwide attention following his First Prize wins in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions –where he was also recipient of YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship and a People’s Choice Award –and the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition. He went on to receive prestigious accolades including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award and an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. Beilman released his first disc for the label in 2016, titled Spectrum and featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert. In its review of the album, All Music Guidewrote, “This is a young violinist to watch, one who has already mastered many styles and is working toward breakthroughs of his own.”
Beilman began playing violin at the age of five and went on to study 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.