Zoë Beyers: Violin

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South-African born Zoë Beyers has established a reputation as one of the finest and most versatile violinists based in the UK, and performs worldwide as soloist, chamber musician, director and orchestral leader. In 2020 she was appointed Leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she also performs with as a soloist. Since 2017, Zoë has been the concertmaster of the English Symphony Orchestra, collaborating closely with them as play director and soloist.

As a chamber musician, Zoë has recently joined the renowned Dante Quartet as their first violinist, and appears with the Hebrides Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta. Zoë has a passionate interest in education, as a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and coaching violinists and ensembles at the start of their careers.  She is proud to be involved in ARCO, a distance learning collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire and students in deprived areas of South Africa.

Zoë is currently accepting play directing, concerto and chamber music engagements. Get in touch to discuss a booking.

recordings

HiIghly acclaimed recordings of Zoë’s solo and play directing can be found here:

Sample programmes and repertoire

SAMPLE SOLO PROGRAMMES

Programme No. 1

Rosalie Burrell: ‘Early Light’ (2015) 5’
Rosalie Burrell:: Sonata No. 5 in G major Op. 27 No. 5 8’ 
J. P. von Westhoff: Suite for Solo Violin in A major (1683) 12’
Darius Milhaud: Sonatine Pastorale 5’
George Benjamin: 3 Miniatures 10’
J. S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006 20’

Programme No. 2

Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 1 in B flat major (1735) 8’
J. S. Bach: Adagio from Sonata No. 1 in G minor BWV 1001 4’
Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 4 in D major 5’
Elliott Carter: Mnemosyne (2011) 4’
Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 6 in E minor 9’
J. S. Bach: Largo from Sonata No. 3 in C major BWV 1005 4’
Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 7 in E flat major 7’
Henze: Serenade for solo violin 6’
Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 10 in D major 5’
J. S. Bach: Sarabande from Partita No. 2 in D minor 3’
Georg Telemann: Fantasia No. 12 in A minor 5’

Programme No. 3

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Passacaglia in G minor 10’
J. S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 14’
Eugene Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 2 in E minor Op. 27 No. 2 14’
Jean Francaix: Theme and 8 Variations 15’
Nicolo Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in A minor 5’


CONCERTOS

JS Bach
Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Concerto in E minor, BWV 1042
Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 
Samuel Barber: violin concerto, Op. 14
Alban Berg: violin concerto (1935) 
Johannes Brahms: violin concerto in D, Op. 77 
Benjamin Britten: violin concerto (1939) 
Max Bruch: violin concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 
Antonín Dvorák: violin concerto in A minor, Op. 53 
Edward Elgar: violin concerto in B minor, Op. 61 
Alexander Glazunov: violin concerto in A minor, Op. 82 
Aran Khachaturian: violin concerto in D minor, Op. 46 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: violin concerto in D major, Op. 35 
Édouard LaloSymphonie Espagnole (1874) 
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto in D minor (1822) 
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 
Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor (1823) 
W.A. Mozart
Concerto in A major, K. 419 
Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 
Niccolò Paganini
Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 
Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 
Sergei Prokofiev
Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 
Camille Saint-Saëns: violin concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 
Robert Schumann: violin concerto, WoO 23 
Dmitri Shostakovich: violin concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 
Jean Sibelius: violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47 
Karol Szymanowski: violin concerto No. 1, Op. 35 
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: violin concerto in D major, Op. 35 
Antonio VivaldiThe Four Seasons 
William Walton: violin concerto (1939) 
Henryk Wieniawski: violin concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14 

WORKS WITH ORCHESTRA

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 
Ernest BlochBaal Shem 
Karl Amadeus HartmannConcerto Funebre (1959) 
Darius MilhaudCinema Fantasie on Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58a 
W.A. Mozart
Adagio in E major, K. 261 
Rondo in B flat major, K. 261a 
Rondo in C major, K. 373 
Arvo PärtFratres (1992) 
Maurice RavelTzigane 
Camille Saint-Saëns
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 
Havanaise, Op. 83 
Pablo de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 
Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 
Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major, D. 438 
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyValse-Scherzo, Op. 34 
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending 
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Concertino for violin and strings, Op. 42 
Henryk Wieniawski
Polonaise de Concert No. 1, Op. 4 
Légende in G minor, Op. 17 

biography

South-African born Zoë Beyers has established a reputation as one of the finest violinists based in the UK, and performs as soloist, chamber musician, director and orchestral leader across the world.  Zoë’s remarkable versatility was nurtured by Gabrielle Lester and Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music, where she was an ABRSM international scholarship holder, Yehudi Menuhin Scholar, winner of the Tagore Gold Medal, and winner of the UNISA String Competition in South Africa.  Since her solo debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has performed with many distinguished conductors worldwide.  She currently features prominently as soloist with the English Symphony Orchestra on the ESO Digital platform, performing amongst others Weinberg’s Concertino and Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit.  She also performs as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  In 2020, Zoë took up the position of Leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician.

In 2019 Zoë joined the Dante Quartet as their first violinist, and is a member of the internationally renowned Hebrides Ensemble and also performs, broadcasts and records with the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Scottish Ensemble, and I Musicanti.  She has collaborated with François Leleux, Stephen Osborne, Lars Vogt, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Alexander Janiczek, and composers Helen Grime, Huw Watkins, Oliver Knussen, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir James Macmillan.  Hebrides Ensemble’s 2017 recording of Maxwell Davies’s late chamber works (‘The Last Island’/Delphian), featured on BBC Radio 3 and attracted top ranking reviews in The Times, The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine.

Zoë performs regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra as a soloist and director, as well as in her role as their concertmaster.  Zoë relishes the challenge of directing from the violin: her recording of early Mendelssohn concerti with the University of Stellenbosch Camerata was nominated for a SAMA award in 2011; her 2013 recording of Wassenaer concerti armonici (directing the Innovation Chamber Ensemble for Somm Records) was Classic FM’s CD of the week, and their 2014 disc of rare Elgar works was received with critical acclaim. 

As a guest leader, Zoë appears with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra.  For the past two years she regularly guest lead the Orquesta Nacional de España at the invitation of maestro Juanjo Mena.  She features as leader on many highly regarded recordings by Andris Nelsons, Juanjo Mena and John Storgards, most recently on discs of de Falla and Ginastera with Mena and the BBC Philharmonic for Chandos. 

Zoë is dedicated to performing the music of contemporary composers and is involved in the commissioning and premiering of several new works.  She also has a passionate interest in education, as a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and coaching violinists and ensembles at the start of their careers.  She is proud to be involved in ARCO, a distance learning collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire and students in deprived areas of South Africa.