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 ensemble. 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 in the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, and Canada under conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, and the late James DePreist. 2015 saw the release of his recording of all three violin concerti of Saint-Saëns with the MSO and Kent Nagano on the Analekta label, garnering a Prix Opus and an ADISQ nomination.
Mr. Wan has served as guest concertmaster for several North American ensembles including the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Houston, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Arts Centre. He frequently enjoys collaborations in chamber music recitals with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Daniil Trifonov, and Menahem Pressler.
Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. Currently on violin faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, he is a founding member of the Juno award-winning New Orford Quartet, director of the Soloists of the MSO for three albums with Analekta, Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival, and Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew Wan performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.
Mr. Wan joins the Edmonton Symphony Orcestra in the 2017/18 season as Artistic Partner.