Performance Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Benjamin Beilman
Yekwon Sunwoo

Weill Recital Hall
"A poised and monstrously talented … violinist” (The Philadelphia Inquirer ), Benjamin Beilman takes the term “up-and-comer” to a whole new level. Before graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Beilman won many accolades, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant and first prize in the Montreal International Musical Competition—distinctions that have quickly thrust him onto stages across North America and Europe. The talented violinist comes to Carnegie Hall with a program that features the world premiere of a new work by composer David Ludwig.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Benjamin Beilman, Violin
  • Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano


  • STRAVINSKY Divertimento
  • DAVID LUDWIG Swan Song (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Valse-scherzo in C Major, Op. 34
  • SCHUMANN Intermezzo from "FAE" Sonata
  • BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

  • Encores:
  • BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A Major
  • KREISLER Liebesleid

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Benjamin Beilman

    Violinist Benjamin Beilman won the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a London Music Masters Award. This evening marks his Carnegie Hall recital debut. On May 25, he makes his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Mr. Beilman has upcoming concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Other highlights include recitals at the Louvre in Paris and in Ravinia's Rising Stars series.

    Mr. Beilman has appeared as soloist with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner and Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as in recital at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. In the US, he has been a soloist with the Philadelphia and Detroit orchestras, and performed the Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto with the orchestras of South Dakota and Glens Falls.

    In demand as a chamber musician, Mr. Beilman appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at the Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Sedona festivals. He has also participated in Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

    As first-prize winner of the 2010 Montreal International Musical Competition, Mr. Beilman recorded Prokofiev's complete sonatas on the Analekta label. He won the bronze medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in addition to being the winner of YCA's 2010 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship and Astral Artists' 2009 National Auditions. His debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York (sponsored by the Summis Auspiciis Prize) and in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center were critically acclaimed.

    Mr. Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.

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  • Yekwon Sunwoo

    Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo won the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (with David Lockington), Orchestre National de Belgique (with Marin Alsop), Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (with Paul Goodwin), Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (with Christopher Wilkins), Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daegu City Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Sunwoo made his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall in 2009 as winner of the Florida International Piano Competition. After winning the Juilliard Concerto Competition, he performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall in 2012. His other awards include first prize in the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours, an award in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, first prize in the 2009 Concours International de Piano "Interlaken Classics," and first prize in the Daegu Broadcasting Competition.

    Mr. Sunwoo has been invited to perform at various chamber music festivals, including the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest. In addition, he has given numerous recitals throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, and Morocco.

    Mr. Sunwoo's chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, touring Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama. He has collaborated with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley in 2010 with Curtis On Tour, and with Roberto Díaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts summer series in 2008. He has also performed with Gary Hoffman, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Michael Tree.

    Mr. Sunwoo has studied with Min-ja Shin and Sun-wha Kim in Korea, with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School. He is currently studying with Richard Goode at Mannes College The New School For Music.

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Prokofiev's Violin Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (Allegro con brio)
Benjamin Beilman, Violin | Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano

At a Glance


A four-movement concert suite drawn from Stravinsky's ballet Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss), the Divertimento blends his modernist musical sensibility with Tchaikovsky's Romanticism in a confection that is both tenderly lyrical and irresistibly frothy. Stravinsky made the arrangement to perform with his duo partner, the Polish-American violinist Samuel Dushkin.


David Ludwig has worked closely with such artists and ensembles as violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, the new-music group eighth blackbird, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. Swan Song, modeled on one of Schubert's late pieces for violin and piano, reflects his creative engagement with music of other times and cultures. 

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY  Valse-scherzo in C Major, Op. 34

Composed in 1877, Tchaikovsky's miniature hybrid combines the disciplined elegance of the waltz with the playful freedom of a scherzo. Originally scored for violin and orchestra, the Valse-scherzo anticipates the formidable technical challenges that Tchaikovsky would incorporate in his great Violin Concerto the following year.

ROBERT SCHUMANN  Intermezzo from "F-A-E" Sonata

In 1853, Schumann joined forces with Brahms and a third, lesser-known composer to write a composite sonata in honor of violinist Joseph Joachim. His brief Intermezzo, the second movement, is built around the musical motif F-A-E, which had special significance for the members of Schumann's circle.

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

Brahms wrote the last of his three violin sonatas some 35 years after collaborating with Schumann on the "F-A-E" Sonata. Dark and impassioned, the music may allude to the platonic love affair that Brahms had long carried on with pianist Clara Schumann, Robert's widow.

Program Notes
Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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