Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from June 2002 until its final concert in July 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, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo's Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Recordings during his tenure include the complete Beethoven Quartets for Harmonia Mundi.
Mr. Beaver's concerto and recital appearances span four continents with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and under the batons of Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard and Charles Dutoit among others. Chamber music collaborations include such eminent artists as Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer and Yefim Bronfman.
Martin Beaver is proud to join forces with cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Jon Kimura Parker in the newly-formed Montrose Trio, which made its debut at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit in December 2013.
Mr. Beaver's discography includes concerti, sonatas and chamber music on the Harmonia Mundi, Biddulph, Naim Audio, René Gailly, Musica Viva, SM 5000 and Naxos labels. His recorded repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to the music of living composers Alexina Louie and Joan Tower.
Mr. Beaver's teachers include Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng. He is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal and Indianapolis competitions andhas subsequently served on the juries of several major international violin and chamber music competitions.
A devoted educator, Mr. Beaver has conducted masterclasses throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has held teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of British Columbia and the Peabody Conservatory. More recently, he served on the faculty of New York University and as Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded its highest honor - the Sanford Medal. He joined the faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles in August 2013 as Co-Director of String Chamber Music and Professor of Violin.