Soloist, composer and chamber musician Benjamin Beirs has distinguished himself as a new force in the world of classical guitar. His two solo CD's, Widening Circles and Fluidity have helped to modernize the idea of what a classical guitarist should sound like in the twenty first century. A commitment to "finding a new path" has paid handsome dividends to this young musician who lives in Paris and works in France as well as the US.
"Beirs has a very clean sound with excellent phrasing, articulation and color/orchestration…he is set to have a long and productive career…(I) highly recommend him to those looking for spectacular youthful players that are musical instead of *dry competition winners," says Bradford Werner of this is classical guitar. Werner has also called Beirs' performances "unified, fulfilling and refreshing." The Sacramento Bee has said that Beirs is "the brave new world of classical guitar," and Fanfare magazine said his performances are "a complete success."
His performances with the National Symphony Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in Washington brought cheers from the Washington Post: "Rounded mellow tone, notably clean left-hand work and sensitive phrasing.
Benjamin Beirs is the product of an education at the Peabody Conservatory under Julian Gray in the US and private studies with Judicael Perroy in Paris. He is the incarnation of the 21st century musician – performing solo, with his playing partner, French guitarist Maude Laforest in their 10-year collaboration, Duo Transatlantique, chamber music with the Washington musicians, teaching, producing both audio and video recordings, and the newest and rising star in his horizon, composition as evidenced by two pieces on his solo CD's. He is at home with the music of Asencio or Ponce as well as the European composers Roland Dyens, Miroslav Tadic, the youthful Marek Pasieczny or the American hallmark Steve Reich.
Believing that music is a "great kindness," Benjamin Beirs has spread his gospel from concert audiences in the UK, France, to jamming with local musicians in India and even Dubai to schools, churches, night clubs, nursing homes, and concert halls from coast to coast in the US. He says that music has helped shape his life and that consequently, it helps others as well.
*Many awards have come his way as well, winning three major competitions, the prizes of which included appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta.
A most memorable evening occurred in December, 2012 when Mr. Beirs and Ms. Laforest appeared at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society before a capacity crowd at the Baltimore Museum of Art, drawing a sustained standing ovation with an electrifying performance that sent the audience scurrying to purchase their CDs….
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During the second half, he cast a mystic spell with his own composition 'Awakened Awareness.' Mellifluously tinged with Eastern tones, the Buddhism-inspired creation enchanted the listeners with cathartic harmony and progressions.""
Benjamin Beirs of the USA performed the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto in D major for Guitar and Orchestra, Opus 99 with intense musicality and no sign of any nerves...""
A brilliant young classical guitarist...""