One of his generation’s fastest rising international stars, in 2010 violinist Benjamin Beilman was First Prize Winner at the Montréal International Musical Competition (and also the People’s Choice Award) and won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. He is also recipient of a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a 2012 London Music Masters Award and, in 2014, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
At home in both chamber and concerto repertoire, in recent seasons, Beilman made his recital debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and at the Berlin Philharmonie. Orchestral debuts have included the San Francisco and Philadelphia Orchestras, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and, in Europe, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the London Philharmonic and Zürich Tonhalle, working with such conductors as Hans Graf, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. In 2015/16 he premières a new concerto written for him by Edmund Finnis with the London Contemporary Orchestra, appears with the Eugene Symphony, Albany Symphony and London Chamber Orchestras, as well as making his recital debuts at Paris’ Louvre and London’s Wigmore Hall. Following his first recording, of Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin, released in 2011 on the Analekta label, Beilman’s debut recital CD on the Warner Classics label will be released this season.
Benjamin 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 Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona, 1735 ex Mary Portman on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust, to me, opens all doors. The award not only provides significant financial support but access to dedicated advisors and mentors who help winners identify and realize their artistic goals. BBT offers endless possibilities for young artists.
Photographs by Giorgia Bertazzi