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Recognised as a soloist, chamber musician, and as first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002-2013, Martin Beaver is in demand all over the world. After a remarkable career, the quartet concluded their final season in the summer of 2013. The ensemble's reputation as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world has created an international following across the globe. They have collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record.
Remaining one of Canada’s violin ambassadors to the international concert stages, Martin is an active musician for recital, concerto and chamber performances. The 2013.14 season will see him performing Beethoven's violin concert in a five concert run with Orchestre Métropolitain. He will also perform in recital and conduct residency activities at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto and will be soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic. In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Beaver has been newly appointed to the faculty at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and will act as co-director of the chamber music program and maintain his own studio in the school's conservatory of music.
Martin has been a concerto artist with orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico City Orchestra, the Portuguese Radio Orchestra and all major orchestras of Canada. He has collaborated with many esteemed artists including violinist Pinchas Zukerman and eminent conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Leon Fleisher, and Charles Dutoit. In recital, Martin has enchanted audiences in cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Honolulu, Brussels, London and Edinburgh. He has also been invited to such festivals as the Ravinia Festival (Rising Stars Series), Concerts Under the Dome (Chicago), Seattle Chamber Music Festival, OstBelgien Festival (Belgium), Music in Blair Atholl (Scotland) and at all major Canadian festivals.
A recipient of many awards, Mr. Beaver was the first to be awarded the use of the 1729 `ex-Heath' Guarneri del Gesù violin on loan from The Canada Council for the Arts-Musical Instrument Bank. He has also been the recipient of the Canada Council's prestigious Virginia Parker Award for being the most promising young Canadian artist. Martin received top prizes at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, 1990 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the 1991 Montreal International Music Competition.
A former pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, Martin Beaver has served on the faculties of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of British Columbia and Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University, the Steinhardt School at New York University and the Yale School of Music. He is currently on the faculty at The Colburn School.
“A renowned soloist and chamber musician, Beaver shows off his amazing talents presentation of Russian compositions…Beaver gives a stellar rendering from start to finish.” [Russian Serenade: CBC Records]
- PERFORMING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN CANADA
"...Beaver kept the excitement high from beginning to end. His passionate playing maintained a drive and focus that never wavered."
- THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
"The performance was rich in expression and lucid in its ideas."
- SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
"All were delivered with aplomb by Beaver, with firm, warm tone and disarming ease in the passage work."
- THE FREE PRESS, Winnipeg
"His playing is energetic and musical at the same time...his attack is forceful, his effects strong...no easy sentimentality, flawless accuracy of tone backing up a flawless technique."
- JOURNAL et INDEPENDENCE
"His tone was beautiful and vibrant throughout, and his playing was consistenly smooth and expressive through all the difficulties and transitions in the [Brahms Concerto]."
Bach: Goldberg Variations (w/ Triskelion) CBC MVCD 110 Brahms & Jenner Trios (w/ Coop and Hackelman) CBC MVCD1133 Festival of Sound - Compilation (Strauss, Saint Saens et al) CBC MVCD1089 Mozart Flute Quartets (w/ Forysthe, G'froerer and Zukerman) CBC MVCD1143 Music of de Fossa (w/ Wynberg and Epperson) Naxos 8.550760 Russian Violin Concertos CBC SMCD5209 (w/ Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Komatsu) Shattered Night, Shivering Stars CBC SMCD5190 (music by Alexina Louie: National Arts Centre Orchestra, Bernardi)
With the Tokyo String Quartet
Beethoven String Quartets. Op. 74 and 95 Harmonia Mundi Beethoven String Quartets op. 18 Nos. 1-6 Harmonia Mundi Beethoven "Razumovsky" Quartets Op. 59, No. 1-3 Harmonia Mundi Mozart String Quartets K.575, K.589, K.590 Biddulph Recordings