concertmaster, Montreal Symphony
In August of 2008, Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.
As soloist, he has appeared in Canada, the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, and Switzerland under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Carlo Rizzi, Vasily Petrenko, James DePreist, Bernard Labadie and Michael Stern. In May of 2012, he closed the MSO’s inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, conducted by music director Kent Nagano, and on their tour of South America in April of 2013, he performed as soloist and concertmaster in Ravel’s Tzigane and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The 2013-14 season marked the world premiere of a work commissioned for him and the MSO – Les mouvements de l’âme, by Serge Arcuri. His live recording of the three Saint-Saëns Violin Concerti with Nagano and the MSO was released by Analekta in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim.
Mr. Wan has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, and Salle Gaveau in chamber music performances with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Marc-André Hamelin, Jörg Widmann, Menaham Pressler, and Cho-Liang Lin. He frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the St. Prex, Seattle, Edinburgh, La Jolla, Toronto Summer, Morningside Music Bridge, Aspen, and Orford Music Festivals. Discography includes Grammy and Juno award-nominated releases on the Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Metropolis Ensemble, and the Opus-award winning New Orford String Quartet, of which he is a founding member.
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 Assistant Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Andrew Wan performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.