Andrew Beer


Violinist Andrew Beer has been described as a “virtuoso soloist” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, as possessing a “glorious string tone” by Strad Magazine, as a performer displaying “accuracy and subtle charisma” by the Boston Globe, and as a “musical gift” by the New York Times. He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and his performances have been broadcast on NHK Japan, Vietnamese television, CBC Radio-Canada, Minnesota Public Radio and WQXR New York. 
As a soloist, he has performed with leading orchestras in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston and Catania (Sicily), with conductors including Joseph Silverstein, Gil Rose, Victor Feldbrill and Daisuke Soga. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Banff, Orford, Domaine Forget, Tanglewood, Aspen, Music@Menlo and Prussia Cove festivals, and has appeared in concert with Midori and members of the Emerson String Quartet. Contemporary music has played a large role in Mr. Beer’s musical life, and he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time on their solo and chamber works , including Pierre Boulez, Mario Davidovsky, György Kurtág and Steve Reich. 
Mr. Beer was the grand prize winner of concerto competitions at the New England Conservatory of Music and Stony Brook University, and was the sixth place laureate of the Monte Carlo “Violin Masters” international competition in Monaco, as well as the winner for “best performance of the commissioned work” at the 2010 “Dr. Luis Sigall” international competition in Chile. Humanitarian and outreach concerts have also played an important role in Mr. Beer’s musical output, and through such endeavours he was awarded a U.S. Congressional Commendation in 2006. 
Outside of his performing career, Mr. Beer enjoys composing and arranging, having completed numerous works for solo, duo, chamber and orchestral ensemble. His current project, an arrangement of Dvorak string quartets for full orchestra, will be published by Lighthouse Music. 
Born in Vancouver in 1982, Mr. Beer commenced his studies on violin at the age of five, and his principal teachers were Lawrie Hill, Gwen Thompson, Gerald Stanick, Ani Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Stony Brook University, as well as an MM and GD from the New England Conservatory of Music. He served as a performing and teaching fellow at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School from 2007-2008, and since September 2008 he has held the post of 2nd assistant principal, 2nd violins in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble which has won numerous Grammy, Juno and Grammophone awards and is considered Canada’s leading orchestra. He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, made in 1845.

On a dit du violoniste Andrew Beer qu’il est un « soliste d’une grande virtuosité » (San Francisco Classical Voice), qu’il « produit un son glorieux » (Strad Magazine), que « sa justesse et son charisme sont remarquables» (Boston Globe) et qu’il est « un cadeau pour les mélomanes » (New York Times). Il joue régulièrement en Amérique du Nord, en Europe et en Asie, et certains de ses concerts ou récitals ont été diffusés sur NHK au Japon, à la télé vietnamienne, sur CBC/Radio-Canada, sur Minnesota Public Radio et sur WQXR New York. 

Comme soliste, Beer a joué avec les principaux orchestres de Vancouver, Montréal, New York, Boston et Catania (Sicile), sous la direction de nombreux chefs, dont Joseph Silverstein, Gil Rose, Victor Feldbrill et Daisuke Soga. Comme chambriste, il a joué aux festivals de Banff, Orford, Domaine Forget, Tanglewood, Aspen, Music@Menlo et Prussia Cove, et il a participé à des concerts avec Midori et avec les membres du Emerson String Quartet. La musique contemporaine occupant une place importante dans son répertoire, il a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec des compositeurs comme Pierre Boulez, Mario Davidovsky, György Kurtág et Steve Reich. 

Beer a remporté le Grand Prix du Concours de concertos du New England Conservatory of Music et de la Stony Brook University, il s’est mérité la sixième place au concours international Les maîtres du violon à Monte Carlo et il a reçu le prix de la meilleure interprétation d’une œuvre commandée au concours international Dr Luis Sigall au Chili en 2010. Il a par ailleurs participé à de nombreux concerts humanitaires, ce qui lui a valu un Certificate of Commendation du Congrès américain en 2006. 

Outre le violin, Beer a composé et arrangé de nombreux oeuvres des genres en solo, chambre et d’orchestre. Son projet en cours, l’arrangement des quatuors à cordes de Dvořák pour un grand orchestre, sera publié par Lighthouse Music. 

Né à Vancouver en 1982, Andrew Beer a entrepris ses études de violon à l’âge de cinq ans ; ses principaux professeurs ont été Lawrie Hill, Gwen Thompson, Gerald Stanick, Ani Kavafian et Donald Weilerstein. Il détient un BA magna cum laude de Stony Brook University, de même qu’une maîtrise et un doctorat du New England Conservatory of Music. Il joue et enseigne à Carnegie Hall et à la Julliard School depuis 2007 et il occupe le poste de 2e Assistant, seconds violons, à l’OSM. Le violon sur lequel il joue a été fabriqué par Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume en 1845.