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Martin Beaver

Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002 to 2013. As such, he appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Concerto and recital appearances have taken him to North and South America, Europe and Asia with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Montreal Symphony and the Sapporo Symphony with conductors including Pinchas Zukerman, Raymond Leppard and Charles Dutoit. Chamber music collaborations include eminent artists such as Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer and Alicia de Larrocha. Mr. Beaver’s teachers include Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng. A laureate of the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal and Indianapolis Competitions, he has subsequently served on juries of major international competitions including the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition. A devoted educator, Mr. Beaver has conducted masterclasses on five continents. He has held teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of British Columbia, Peabody Conservatory and New York University. More recently, he was Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music and since August 2013 he has served on the faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles teaching violin and co-directing string chamber music studies. Mr. Beaver plays a 1789 Nicolo Bergonzi violin.