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Andrew Wan - Violin Soloist with OSM

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, 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 were released by Analekta in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim.

His association with Analekta records produced the 2017 OSM recording 'The Saint-Saens Autumn.' This year, the label followed up releasing the first of three albums that will cover Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by Wan and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin. The dynamic and expressive playing of the two musicians and their obvious musical complicity make this first album nothing less than impressive. Hamelin was the winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.    WATCH THE ATTACHED MENTORLY VIDEO