As a young violinist, you explore warhorse pieces like the Tchaikovsky Concerto when you are 12 or 13. I distinctly remember being in my bedroom, listening to recordings of Heifetz and Oistrakh on repeat and being completely obsessed. It’s a trait I still have today – when I find something that really hooks me, I can’t let it go.

Benjamin Beilman Benjamin Beilman. Photo © Stefan Ruiz

When I was 14 or 15, my...

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