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Andrew Wan: Bio

Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the OSM in 2008. As soloist, he has appeared with several orchestras under conductors such as Kent Nagano, Maxim Vengerov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Peter Oundjian, James DePreist and Michael Stern. Mr. Wan has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Jordan Hall and Salle Gaveau with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, the International Sejong Soloists, the New Zealand Trio, Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin, and recently recorded the Mendelssohn Octet with James Ehnes on the Onyx label. He is a member of the critically-acclaimed New Piano Trio and the Opus award-winning and Juno nominated New Orford String Quartet. He frequently serves as guest concertmaster for several North American orchestras and appears regularly at the Seattle Chamber, La Jolla, Aspen, Lanaudière and Agassiz festival. Mr. Wan graduated from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. He is currently on faculty at 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.

Andrew Wan

Ginastera - Bernstein - Moussa w/OSM, Nagano


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1 Ginastera: Violin Concerto, Op. 30 / Cadenza  
2 Study No. 1, 'Chords' - Allegro  
3 Study No. 2, 'Thirds' - Allegretto  
4 Study No. 3, 'Other intervals' - Lo stesso tempo  
5 Study No. 4, 'Arpeggios' - Lo stesso tempo  
6 Study No. 5, 'Harmonics' - Andante  
7 Study No. 6, 'Quarter tones' - Larghissimo  
8 Coda - Maestoso  
9 Adagio for 22 Soloists  
10 Scherzo pianissimo - Sempre volante, misterioso e appena sensibile  
11 Perpetuum mobile - Agitato e allucinante  
12 Bernstein: Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion  
13 Aristophanes (Allegretto)  
14 Eryximachus (Presto)  
15 Agathon (Adagio)  
16 Socrates - Alcibiades (Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace)  
17 Samy Moussa: Violin Concerto ?Adrano? / circa 48 ? Pi? mosso circa 58  
18 Cadenza - senza misura  
19 Circa 96  
20 Epilogue  

Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the OSM, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Kent Nagano, present the album Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa : Works for Violin and Orchestra.

Recorded in concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2019, the album brings together important works, namely the Violin Concerto, Op. 30 by Alberto Ginastera, a score that requires no less than seven percussionists handling some fifty instruments, the imposing Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion by Leonard Bernstein (after Plato's Symposium), and the Violin Concerto "Adrano" by Samy Moussa, a world premiere recording and an OSM commission.

Andrew Wan's impeccable playing is impressive and confirms his place among the greatest violinists playing in Canada today. Energetic, articulate and in perfect harmony with the soloist, the OSM and Maestro Nagano elevate these works with their transcendent performance. The result is nothing short of masterful.