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.
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.