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B.Mus., M.Mus. and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School


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 (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, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse.

As soloist, he has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland, Juilliard, Aspen, McGill Chamber and Edmonton under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, James DePreist, Marc Piollet and Michael Stern.  In May 2012, he closes the MSO’s inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique de Montréal with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, conducted by music director Kent Nagano.

Mr. Wan 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 such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Sejong Soloists, the New Zealand Trio, Gil Shaham, Andres Diaz, and Cho-Liang Lin.  He frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the Seattle Chamber, Edinburgh, Olympic, Agassiz, La Jolla, 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 New Orford Quartet.

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 violin faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as well as the Orford Music Festival.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, Canada Council, Anne Burrows Foundation, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Winspear Fund have generously supported Mr. Wan.

Andrew Wan performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.