Beth Wenstrom is a dynamic performer, taking her skills as chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and orchestral violinist around the US and internationally with a variety of ensembles. She has been praised for her “vitality and eloquent phrasing, as well as agility” (The Strad) and The New Yorker has described her chamber performances as “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild.” As a soloist and concertmaster, Beth has performed with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Sebastian Chamber Players, New York Baroque Incorporated, Baroque Orchestra of Maine, Quodlibet Ensemble, as well as William Christie’s Les Rencontres musicales en Vendée in Thiré, France. She has appeared in the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and TENET as well as other ensembles. Beth is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition as well as a founding member of the “vital and vibrant” ensemble, ACRONYM (Classics Today). She has served as concertmaster of the Richmond County Orchestra on Staten Island. She also loves recording with artists such as children’s singer-songwriter Justin Roberts and film score composer Evan Wilson.
Beth is a passionate chamber musician, continuing to collaborate with colleagues from summer festivals Kneisel Hall and Musicorda, where she was winner of the 2002 Concerto Competition.
In addition to her performance career, Beth is a committed and enthusiastic pedagogue. She has an ongoing role as string coach for the baroque ensemble at SUNY Stony Brook, and has been invited to teach at Oberlin Conservatory in a number of different roles. In 2014 she filled in for Marilyn McDonald as a sabbatical replacement, teaching both modern and baroque violin. In summer 2017 she taught baroque violin technique and chamber music at the Baroque Performance Institute, and returned in the fall to conduct and coach the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, leading from the violin. Additionally, Beth has taught modern violin undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook University and baroque ensembles at Rutgers University.
Born, raised and musically trained in Fairbanks, Alaska, Beth continued her education with a BM from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from NEC and a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. She received a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School in the inaugural class of the historical performance division. Her principal teachers have included Marilyn McDonald, Lucy Chapman, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim, Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett.