Concertmaster of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 2008, Andrew Wan is also Assistant Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Artistic Director of Les Solistes de l’OSM, member of the Juno and Opus award-winning New Orford String Quartet (NOSQ), and for the 2017-18 season, served as the Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His relationship with the MSO 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 Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, the late James DePreist, and Rafael Payare. His live recording of the three Saint-Saëns violin concertos with Kent Nagano and the MSO was released by Analekta in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim, garnering a Prix Opus and an ADISQ nomination. His next album release with Nagano and the MSO of concertos by Ginastera, Bernstein, and Samy Moussa is to be released in early 2020.
Mr. Wan has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Taipei’s National Theatre, and Paris’ Salle Gaveau in chamber music performances with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Daniil Trifonov, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Marc-André Hamelin, Jörg Widmann, Menaham Pressler, and Cho-Liang Lin. He serves as guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Toronto, National Arts Centre, and Vancouver symphonies, and has appeared as artist and faculty at the St. Prex, Seattle, Aspen, La Jolla, Toronto Summer, Morningside Music Bridge, Olympic, and Orford Music Festivals. Discography includes releases on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, ATMA, and Naxos labels with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Felix award-winning Solistes de l’OSM, the Grammy award-winning Metropolis Ensemble, and the Juno award-winning NOSQ. He currently is in the midst of recording all of the Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas with Charles Richard-Hamelin.
Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. In the spring of 2019, he received the Part-Time Teaching Award from 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. He also enjoys the use of an 1860 Dominique Peccatte bow from Canimex.