A sure hand, at a young age, with violinist Benjamin Beilman

02.28.18
Benjamin Beilman
Boston Globe

A few Sundays ago, the violinist Benjamin Beilman was in the midst of a rehearsal with pianist Orion Weiss, Beilman’s partner for his upcoming Celebrity Series of Boston recital. They were doing their first run-through of “Demons,” a formidable new piece by Frederic Rzewski, when a text appeared on Beilman’s phone. It was his manager, informing him that French violinist Renaud Capucon had had to withdraw from two sets of concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that were to begin four days later. Could Beilman step in on short notice to play three virtuoso pieces, two of which he hadn’t played in some time?

That’s a confluence of circumstances that might make even a seasoned musician hesitate. But Beilman simply carried on with the rehearsal until break, at which point he told his manager, sure, he’d do the Detroit concerts.

“Sometimes it’s good not to have too much time to stress about something,” he said by phone from Detroit. “When you get that text or that call, you immediately think: Is this possible? Maybe I’m naive or overly ambitious, but for me it was, yes, I can most certainly squeeze in whatever, 20 hours of practice a day if I need to until the concert.”

Or perhaps it’s neither naivete nor ambition, but rather a quiet confidence usually found in musicians with far more experience under their belts. That’s the impression one gets from talking with Beilman, 28, whose playing already has its own sure balance of technical command, intensity, and interpretive finesse.
 
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