Meet violinist Benjamin Beilman: Soloist for RI Philharmonic’s season finale 1812 Overture, May 3-4

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The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert includes Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, May 3-4

The TACO Classical Series concert is on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
The Open Rehearsal is on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.

For the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale, the Orchestra welcomes conductor Alexander Mickelthwate to The VETS for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with Benjamin Beilman performing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

Benjamin Beilman

  • 2017-18 season included performances with the Houston, Oregon, North Carolina and Indianapolis symphonies, and Orchestra St. Luke’s, as well as a multi-city tour of California playing and directing the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program including Bach, Stravinsky and Andrew Norman.
  • Premiered a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord, presented by Boston Celebrity Series and Shriver Hall, and on tour throughout the United States during the last two seasons.
  • Made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony where he performed Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and debuted with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony.
  • Performed the European premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s new work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and returned to the Wigmore Hall in recital.
  • For the 2016-17 season, returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and on tour with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
  • Premiered a new work by Elizabeth Oganek as a soloist during the Chicago Symphony’s new music series and returned to the San Francisco Symphony with Juraj Valčuha.
  • Performed with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Grand Rapids, and made recital debuts in San Francisco and Vancouver.
  • In Europe, Mr. Beilman has performed with many of the major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, and two seasons ago made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Krzysztof Urbański, City of Birmingham Symphony and Vassily Sinaisky, and  Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse and Rafael Payare. He also appeared in recital on a ten-city tour of Australia—including debut appearances in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Received several prestigious awards including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award.
  • In 2010, he won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
  • As the top 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.
  • In 2016, he released his first disc for Warner Classics entitled Spectrum, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Beilman plays the Engleman Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

***At a Glance***

TACO Classical Series Concert
Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No.1

Amica Rush Hour Series
Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture


Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). On day of concerts only, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30 p.m.–showtime; Saturday, 4 p.m.-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to

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