Recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and as first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002-2013, Martin Beaver has appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Sydney Opera House.
Martin has been a concerto artist with orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portuguese Radio Orchestra, and all major orchestras of Canada. He has collaborated with many esteemed artists including violinist Pinchas Zukerman and eminent conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Leon Fleisher, and Charles Dutoit.
Mr. Beaver was the first to be awarded the use of the 1729 `ex-Heath’ Guarneri del Gesù violin on loan from The Canada Council for the Arts-Musical Instrument Bank. He has received top prizes at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, the 1990 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the 1991 Montreal International Music Competition. He has also been the recipient of the Canada Council’s prestigious Virginia Parker Award.
A former pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng, Martin Beaver has served on the faculties of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, University of British Columbia, Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University, the Steinhardt School at New York University and the Yale School of Music. Mr. Beaver has been appointed to the faculty at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He acts as co-director of the chamber music program and maintains his own studio in the school’s Conservatory of Music.