Benjamin Beilman, violin & Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Sunday, March 19, 3:00PM
Ordway Concert Hall
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About the Artists
Those who attended “Schubert Revealed” in June of 2021 will no doubt remember American violinist Benjamin Beilman’s memorable and explosive performances. In March 2023, International Artist Series audiences will be treated to his artistry in a program featuring works by Rameau, Szymanowski, Messiaen, Reena Esmail, Gabriella Smith, and Schumann.
Beilman is winning plaudits across the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances, his deep rich tone and searing lyricism. The Scotsman has described him as “a remarkable talent, delivering playing of rare insight and generosity, as captivating as it is gloriously entertaining” and the New York Times has praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast”.
He has performed with many major orchestras worldwide, and has received numerous accolades including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. Beilman plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
For his International Artist Series debut, Beilman will be joined by pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. Gold medallist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Sunwoo has been hailed for his “unfailingly consistent excellence” (International Piano) and celebrated as “a pianist who commands a comprehensive technical arsenal that allows him to thunder without breaking a sweat” (Chicago Tribune). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in
his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music”.
He has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sendai Philharmonic and Royal
Scottish National Orchestra amongst others. His recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Salle Cortot and Kumho Art Hall.