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Andrew Wan

, violin

Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In August of 2008, he was named Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, making him one of the youngest concertmasters of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar's Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.

Mr. Wan has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland, Juilliard, Aspen, McGill Chamber and Edmonton under conductors such as Kent Nagano, Maxim Vengerov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Peter Oundjian, James DePreist and Michael Stern.

He has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall and Salle Gaveau with artists including the Juilliard Quartet, the International Sejong Soloists, the New Zealand Trio, Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin. He recently recorded the Mendelssohn Octet with James Ehnes and members of the Seattle Chamber Music Society for the Onyx label. Mr. Wan frequently performs as guest concertmaster with several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the Seattle Chamber, Agassiz, Aspen and Orford Music Festivals.

In addition to garnering the top prizes in the MSO Standard Life competition, Juilliard and Aspen concerto competitions, and Canadian Music and National Music Festival competitions, Andrew has also captured the grand prizes of the Fischoff, Coleman and Plowman International Chamber Music competitions.

Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. In 2008 he was the only violinist to be accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard. He is currently on faculty at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Wan has been the recipient of several prestigious career grants, including The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, as well as grants from the Canada Council, Anne Burrows Foundation, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Winspear Fund. He performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.