Andrew Wan, violin

Andrew Wan, violin
Andrew Wan, violin

Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2008, Andrew Wan is also Assistant Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Artistic Director of the OSM Chamber Soloists, a member of the Juno and Opus award-winning New Orford String Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. During the 2017–2018 season, he served as Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Andrew Wan has appeared throughout the world under conductors such as Vengerov, Oundjian, Petrenko, DePreist, and Payare, and has given chamber music performances with artists and ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet, Trifonov, Repin, Ax, Shaham, Hamelin, Widmann, Pressler, and Lin. He regularly serves as Guest Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Houston, Toronto, National Arts Centre, and Vancouver symphonies, and has been both an invited artist and faculty member of the St. Prex, Seattle, Colorado College, Aspen, La Jolla, Toronto Summer, Morningside Music Bridge, Olympic, and Orford Music festivals.
Andrew Wan’s discography includes recordings on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, ATMA, and Naxos labels, and features collaborations with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the OSM Chamber Soloists, the Metropolis Ensemble and the New Orford String Quartet. His live recording of Saint-Saëns’ three Violin Concertos with Kent Nagano and the OSM was released on the Analekta label in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim, garnering both an Opus Award and ADISQ nomination. He is in the midst of recording Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, and their first instalment in 2018 garnered a Juno nomination.

Andrew Wan holds three degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. He plays a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, generously loaned to him by the benefactor David Sela and also gratefully acknowledges Canimex for the loan of an 1860 bow by Dominique Peccatte.