Biography of Bean Hugh:
Hugh Bean was born in Beckenham, Kent, and received his first lessons on the violin at the age of five, from his father. At the age of nine he was accepted as a pupil by Albert Sammons, with whom he studied for nearly twenty years, which included his student years at the Royal College of Music, where at the age of seventeen he was awarded the principal prize for violin. During one year's study at the Brussels Conservatoire with Andrd Gertler, he was awarded a double Premier Prix for both solo and chamber music playing. He was appointed Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, London, at the age of 24, and in 1957 was made leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, which he later left to become leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, after which he was leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Owing to the growing demand for his services as soloist and chamber music player, he resigned from his position as leader of the LSO in order to devote more time to playing with the Music Group of London. In 1989, he returned to the Philharmonia Orchestra as co-leader, and is now Leader Emeritus.
Hugh Bean has performed concertos with many leading orchestras, both in this country and abroad. He recorded the Elgar Concerto for E.M.l. with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Charles Groves, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra he has recorded Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with Stokowski and Vaughan Williams' "Lark Ascending" with Sir Adrian Boult. He has made many recordings of chamber music with the Music Group of London, and together they have toured extensively both performing and teaching in Europe, Scandinavia, The Middle and Far Eäst, (including four visits to China), Canada and North and South America.
During thirty-seven years as Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, over fifty of his pupits have found positions in London orchestras inc,luding several as leaders - the present co-leaders of the BBC Symphony Orchestra are both his pupils.
He was appointed F.R.C.M. in 1968, was awarded the Cobbett Gold Medal for chamber music in 1969 and created C.B.E. in 1970.