Benjamin BeilmanViolin
Yekwon SunwooPiano

Benjamin Beilman

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 7:30pm

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert HallVenue Information




Program update as of June 28, 2016.

RAVEL: Sonata
BARTÓK: Sonata No. 2 Sz 76
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 3, Op. 108


KREISLER: Tambourin chinois

About This Performance

A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and multiple other awards and competitions, 26-year-old Benjamin Beilman’s “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence” has put him at the forefront of this generation of musicians.

“He brought dark chocolate sound and lyricism to his rhapsodic playing and compellingly dispatched the breathless, perpetual motion finale. (Barber Violin Concerto)”

—The New York Times

Performer Biographies

Twenty-five year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe 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 also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast”. Following his performance of the Sibelius Concerto at the Montreal Competition, the Strad described the 25-year-old American’s performance of the slow movement as “pure poetry”.

Beilman has received several prestigious awards including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2014, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award in 2012. In 2010 he won the First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and as First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Beilman recorded Prokofiev’s complete sonatas for violin on the Analekta label in 2011

Beilman has played with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Tonhalle, Basel Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras and in North America the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras amongst others. Conductors with whom he has worked include Nézet-Séguin, Skrowaczewski, Sir Neville Marriner, Shani, Gabel, Graf, Prieto. An avid chamber musician, Beilman performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and on tour and is a frequent guest artist at chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo, the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Verbier Festivals and at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt. In recital he has played in many of the major series in the US including at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, at the YCA Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing and in Europe looks forward to performances at the Louvre Paris, Tonhalle Zürich and Wigmore Hall

Highlights of Beilman's 2014–15 season include performances of the Jennifer Higdon Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra/Spano, the Barber Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's/Schwarz at Alice Tully Hall playing the Sibelius Concerto and at the Berlin Philharmonie in recital with Louis Schwizgebel

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 a Peter Greiner violin (2004).

As winner of the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Lockington. He has performed as soloist with Orchestre National de Belgique under the baton of Marin Alsop, l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie under the baton of Paul Goodwin, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daegu Orchestra.

Mr. Sunwoo made his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009 as winner of the Florida International Piano Competition. Other awards include First Prize in the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours, a laureate in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, First Prize in the 2009 Concours International de Piano "Interlaken Classics," First Prize in the Daegu Broadcasting Competition, First Prize in the Ewha-Kyung Hyang Competition, and Grand Prize in the Kukmin-Ilbo/Hansei University Competition. Mr. Sunwoo was invited to perform at the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, and Music from Angel Fire. In addition, he has given numerous recitals throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, and Morocco.

Mr. Sunwoo’s vivid chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in 2007, touring Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama. He has collaborated with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley in 2010 with Curtis On Tour and with Roberto Díaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts summer series in 2008. He has also performed with Gary Hoffman, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Michael Tree.

Mr. Sunwoo was born in AnYang, Korea, and began studying piano at the age of eight. He has studied with Min-ja Shin and Sun-wha Kim in Korea, and with Seymour Lipkin at Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the Juilliard School studying with Robert McDonald.

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