“Poised and monstrously talented”
Critic’s Pick - The New York Times
“Playing with rich sound and plenty of brilliance, Mr. Beilman conveyed both dreamy lyricism and heated intensity.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The part that will linger longest in a listener’s memory — was Jennifer Higdon’s wonderful Violin Concerto, with the talented young American violinist Benjamin Beilman as the soloist. This was a seemingly perfect combination of material and performers.”
“Arguably the finest performance was that of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto by the American composer Jennifer Higdon…Above all, the concerto is a virtuoso showpiece, and proved a magnificent vehicle for the young American violinist Benjamin Beilman. His playing was accurate (in the many difficult fast passages), exciting, astonishing in fact, deeply affecting in the second movement, Chaconni, and exhilarating in the moto perpetuo finale, Fly Forward. It is rare for me to feel the urge to hear the same program for a second time, but I would in this case. Beilman is a star and we will hear more from him. 4.5 stars.”
“A world premiere is always exciting, and a substantial one – Chris Rogerson’s Violin Concerto no. 1, “The Little Prince” (2022) clocks in at 25 minutes – particularly so. The composer, who was present for this Kansas City Symphony concert, was in the happy position of hearing the dedicatee, the exceptionally talented Benjamin Beilman, perform his work with an artistry and an emotional authenticity that movingly depicted a fraught journey of the soul.”
“He’s a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining.”
The New York Times
“Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
“Beilman stunned the house with brilliant artistry, instantly joining [Music@Menlo] festival favorites … His violin entered almost imperceptibly, with quiet, intimate singing of such beauty that can make listeners cry.”
“Brilliant performances…Beilman may be young in years, but he plays with the technique, tone and musicality of a completely seasoned virtuoso.”
Benjamin Beilman has won international 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.”
Beilman’s 22.23 season includes his debuts performing Prokofiev 1 with Trondheim Symphony and Hamburg Symphoniker, Barber with the Oslo Philharmonic, and Tchaikovsky with the Taipei Symphony. He will also return to the Detroit Symphony to perform Mendelssohn under Matthias Pintscher, and on tour across Australasia, appearing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Tasmania Symphony. In recital, he will premiere a new work by Gabriella Smith, commissioned by the Schubert Club in St. Paul, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In April 2022, he became one of the youngest artists to be appointed to the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Highlights of Beilman’s 21.22 season included his return to the San Francisco Symphony, performances of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge Concerto with the Indianapolis, Toledo, and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as the premiere a new Violin Concerto by Chris Rogerson with the Kansas City Symphony and Gemma New. In Europe, highlights include performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Elim Chan, the Antwerp Symphony and Krzysztof Urbański, and the Toulouse Symphony and Ryan Bancroft. He also made his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony, and returned to the Tonkünstler Orchestra, with whom he has recorded a concerto by Thomas Larcher.
In past seasons, Beilman has performed with many major orchestras worldwide including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Sydney Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. Conductors with whom he works include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Cristian Măcelaru, Lahav Shani, Ryan Bancroft, Karina Canellakis, Edward Gardner, Juraj Valčuha, Han-Na Chang, Elim Chan, Osmo Vänskä, and Giancarlo Guerrero.
In recital and chamber music, Beilman performs regularly at the major halls across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Louvre (Paris), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and at festivals he has performed at 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. He also acts as Artistic Advisor to the Lobero Theatre Chamber Music Project in Santa Barbara, California.
Beilman studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with 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 recorded works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert for Warner Classics, and plays the “Ysaÿe” Guarneri del Gesù from 1740, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.