Come at 1:30 PM to hear from the artists in “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development.
John Axelrod, conductor Benjamin Beilman, violin
Beilman has received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2014, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award in 2012. In 2010, he won the First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and as First Prize 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.
Beilman 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. He plays a Peter Greiner violin (2004).
Mr. Axelrod has conducted over 150 orchestras. His opera activity includes the premiere performances of Bernstein’s Candide in 2006 at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet and in 2007 Milano’s Teatro alla Scala. In 2013, Mr. Axelrod led the KammerSymphonie Berlin in a unique concert performance of Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Museum of Topographie des Terrors, the museum documenting the SS during WW2. Upcoming opera performances include Eugene Onegin for Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
Mr. Axelrod is actively committed to working with young professional musicians, having toured with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra to the Salzburg Festival, with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, the Accademia della Scala to Muscat, the Nord Deutsche Junge Philharmonie in Germany, Sinfonia Iuventus in Poland and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchester in Austria.
As Principal guest conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia from 2001-2009, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in Europe’s leading concert halls, seen on ARTE television, and performed on the grounds of Auschwitz in the Emmy Award winning 2007 BBC Holocaust Memorial Film.
From 2009- 2012, Mr. Axelrod was Music Director of the “Hollywood in Vienna” Film Music Gala Concert with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.
Mr. Axelrod graduated in 1988 from Harvard University. Trained by and in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein, he also studied with the American Symphony Orchestra League conductors program and at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin.