Benjamin Beilman and Andrew Tyson make a dynamic duo for Musica Viva

10.11.16
Benjamin Beilman
The Daily Telegraph

Last time he was here as a 23-year-old wunderkind American violinist Benjamin Beilman knocked us all dead at the Musica Viva Festival with his performances of Cesar Franck’s sonata and Mendelssohn’s Piano trio No. 1 with American veteran pianist Lambert Orkis and Dutch cellist Peter Wispelwey.
Three years on and Beilman has matured into a seasoned soloist and recitalist alongside his friend from music college days pianist Andrew Tyson, and their series of concerts marks the penultimate tour of Musica Viva’s 2016 season.
The program started with an exquisite reading of Mozart’s genial and elegant Sonata No. 35 in A major. This work is remarkable for the equality between the instruments — is it a violin sonata or a piano sonata with violin?
More a conversation between both musicians, it’s worth remembering that Mozart was a virtuoso on both instruments so he was well placed to give piano and violin equal weight.
DEFTBeilman and Tyson combine beautifully. Their interplay is tight, precise and full of subtlety and like all top-class musical partnerships each seems able to second guess the other. Both have flourishing solo careers and Tyson’s beautiful deft touch was a feature of the playful final movement.
The next work, Leos Janacek’s violin sonata, was composed in 1914 at a time when Czech artists saw Russia as a liberating cultural force after the dominance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The audience, which had been quietly appreciative up until now, burst into spontaneous applause as Beilman and Tyson reached the finishing post in majestic style.
A virtuosic party trick, Fritz Kreisler’s Tambourine Chinois, was the cream-on-the-cake encore from this exciting young pair. Read the rest of the review here