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Meet the Orchestra


Andrew Beer

Concertmaster

Awarded Best Classical Artist at the 2020 NZ Music Awards, Violinist Andrew Beer has been described as a ‘musical gift’ (The New York Times). He has served as Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2014, and performed as guest Concertmaster with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé (Manchester), and the Melbourne, Adelaide, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

As a soloist, he has performed with leading orchestras in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston, Birmingham, Catania, Auckland and Hamilton with conductors including Gemma New, Gil Rose, Joseph Silverstein, Victor
Feldbrill, Giordano Bellincampi, Tecwyn Evans, Hamish McKeich and Holly Mathieson. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the [email protected], Prussia Cove, Banff, Orford, Domaine Forget, Tanglewood and Aspen festivals, and has appeared in concert with Midori, the Parker Quartet and members of the Emerson Quartet.

A passionate exponent of contemporary music, he has worked with several leading composers including Kurtág, Davidovsky, Boulez and Steve Reich. In 2019, he gave the New Zealand premiere of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto and released his debut CD with pianist Sarah Watkins, 11 Frames, which was featured by the New Zealand Listener as a Best Classical Album.

Andrew performs on an 1845 Vuillaume violin and an 1880 J.J. Maire bow.

CHAIR DONOR:
Dame Jenny Gibbs, DNZM

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