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© 2019 New Orford String Quartet

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Andrew Wan, violin

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 Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, James DePreist, and Michael Stern. 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 serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and frequently enjoys collaborations in chamber music recitals with artists such as Juilliard Quartet, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Daniil Trifonov, Marc-André Hamelin, Jörg Widmann, Menaham Pressler, and Cho-Liang Lin.

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 as well as the Orford Music Festival, he is a founding member of the Opus and Juno Award-winning New Orford Quartet, director of the Soloists of the OSM, Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival and Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Photo by Elizabeth Delage