Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was first violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002 until its final season in 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 Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Chamber music collaborations include eminent artists such as Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer and Yefim Bronfman. Mr.Beaver is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Clive Greensmith.
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 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 NYU. More recently, he was Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music. He currently serves as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles.