Ari Isaacman-Beck — Violin
Violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the second-prizewinner at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, during which he appeared as soloist in the Tonhalle in Zürich with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Shlomo Mintz. Following the competition, he was praised by the Swiss newspaper Le Nouveliste for his “impressive, masterful finesse.”
Isaacman-Beck has performed frequent solo recitals throughout the midwest and on the east coast, and appeared with the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the ensemble’s 2010 New York and summer seasons. Prior to three summers at Kneisel Hall, Isaacman-Beck participated in the ENCORE School for Strings in Ohio. Isaacman-Beck received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Updegraff; while at the Cleveland Institute, he received the Joseph and Elsie Scharff Prize in Violin. At the New England Conservatory, he was the recipient of the Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award and performed the Mendelssohn Octet in Jordan Hall alongside the Borromeo Quartet, and, among other colleagues, Trio Cleonice’s cellist, Gwen Krosnick.
Isaacman-Beck received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ronald Copes, as well as a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes as a student of Laurie Smukler and Mark Steinberg. Isaacman-Beck has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Bach Consort, the Minnetonka Symphony, and the MacPhail Orchestra. During Trio Cleonice’s residency at the New England Conservatory, Isaacman-Beck is a Graduate Diploma Candidate as a student of Donald Weilerstein and will serve on the chamber music faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division.