Andrew Wan

Andrew Wan

Concertmaster

Andrew Wan studied with Masao Kawasaki and Ronald Copes at the Juilliard School. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the world under conductors including Vengerov, Petrenko, Labadie, Rizzi, Oundjian, Stern and DePreist, and has performed in concert with several artists, including the Juilliard String Quartet, Repin, Hamelin, Trifonov, Pressler, Widmann, Ax, Ehnes and Shaham. A consummate and accomplished musician, Andrew Wan is active as a soloist, chamber musician and as Concertmaster of the OSM. He also teaches at McGill University.

Joined the OSM in: 2008

Model of instrument: Michel’Angelo Bergonzi, 1744; Dominique Peccatte bow, 1860

Hometown: Edmonton

Prizes and scholarships: Grand Prize and Best Performance of a Canadian Work at the OSM Competition; Opus, Juno and Félix Awards for his recordings; First Prizes at the Canadian Music Competition as well as the Juilliard and Aspen concerto competitions.

Favourite composers: Schubert, Ravel

Favourite works: Schubert’s piano trios

Recent recordings: Complete Violin Concertos of Saint-Saëns with Kent Nagano and the OSM (Analekta); Franz Schubert—Octet in F major and Beethoven & Strauss—Septet in E-flat major and Till Eulenspiegel with the OSM Chamber Soloists (Analekta); Beethoven: Violin Sonatas nos. 6, 7 & 8, with Charles Richard-Hamelin (Analekta); Brahms String Quartets, op. 51, nos. 1 & 2 (Bridge); Par Quatre chemins (ATMA); Jacques Hétu—Complete Chamber Works for Strings (Naxos); and Schubert and Beethoven with the New Orford Quartet (Bridge).

Interests: The Edmonton Oilers

If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: A teacher or hockey blogger