Biographic Info

Interdisciplinary artist, Violist, Violinist, Singer-Songwriter, Ballroom Dancer, Dwayne Beach a Belizean American, is the first afro-latino, black musician to have played in the Sarajevska Filharmonija, the national Philharmonic orchestra in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. After being offered a seat in the orchestra in 2018-2020, he had the chance to perform at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar, Bosnia's Nivea Fashion Week 2019, the House of Grimaldi of Monaco, and also he made appearances performing in Italy, Serbia and all around the United States. 

 

Significant highlights are as follows: In 2017 he created original compositions that explore movement with sound. Working with Yamini Kalluri, an acclaimed Kuchipudi Indian classical dance expert, together they have been touring with their interdisciplinary composition titled “East Meets West.” stateside and abroad at venues like Small Plates Festival, Lorton,VA, Íslenski Dansflokkurinn at Reykjavik City Theatre, Iceland, The Courtyard Center of the Arts, Herefordshire, United Kingdoms and for Mod Art Dance Collective at Mark Morris, NYC.  In 2018 he released his first solo EP Project Shoo False Love, I Fear Not! which consists of 5 songs for voice and strings that he composed, self produced and choreographed for a video release.  During the civil discord brought to the main stage by the pandemic he has created his first politically driven BLM anthem Right to Liberty which has been played on over 5 international stations, for which after he developed a dance video celebrating Black and African excellence in the diaspora. 

 

Most recently he had the most successful respect with his interdisciplinary display in his unique performances with Old to The Black Fiddler Festival 2021 displaying compositions of his own and a release of an epic cover of Annie Lennox’s Sweet Dreams. Had the opportunity  to compose a composition titled Esperanza Viva for award winning Choreographer Maria Torres for her namesake dance company, and winning multiple grants from City Artist Corp and New York Foundation of the Art to support his upcoming works. 

 

As a co-founder of a duo called The F-Tones they released their first album called Sketches in 2018 a fusion album of classical, Gypsy jazz, and pop originals scores for guitar and violin. In Addition to his solo performance endeavours he played with other international ensembles like One World Symphony ‘11-13, World Peace Orchestra '13, Asian Cultural Symphony of New York ’15-present  and Ureuk Symphony Orchestra (NYC) as Principal and Co-Principal Violist at various points in their seasons. He also works locally in Brooklyn as a conductor and teaching artist for The Noel Pointer String Players performing through the Tri-state region of NYC. Another notable performance, his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in April 2010 as a viola soloist with Kentucky Chamber Choir.

 

As a dancer he toured American Ballroom Theatre Youth Company as their principal male dancer from 2005-2009. He and his partners managed to rack up an impressive dance resume performing at the Kennedy Center, Roseland, Stowe "I Tango" Festival,  "PORTS" Vogue fashion show 2010, appearing on the TODAY SHOW 2006 for the release of the film Take The Lead. Ballroom dance offered Dwayne a very competitive environment. He won various championship level ballroom/latin dance competitions, of the more notable in the collegiate and professional circuit, (DCDi) District of Collegiate Dancesport Invitational 2013, Harvard Invitational 2014, Caribbean DanceSport, PR 2014, and Mid Atlantic National Championship 2015. As of present he has been working to invite ballroom into other traditional styles he has been practicing.

 

 

 

 

Long Bio

 

Dwayne Beach, a Master Degree laureate from Brooklyn College Conservatory in Viola Performance. He also graduated with his Baccalaureate in Music from Hunter College in viola and a second discipline in Italian Linguistics. He's an Alda Fellowship Scholar who has studied under the tutelage of Artistic Faculty Masao Kawasaki at Brooklyn College, and formally under Dr. Reuben Blundell.  

 

He has had the luxury of being seated in the Principle Viola Seat for various orchestras: from All-City Youth Orchestra (2007-8), Hunter Symphony (2009-11), “New York’s hippest orchestra” (Courier-Life) One World Symphony (2012-14), and currently Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed internationally with performing seasonally with Sarajevska Filharmonija (2019-20) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

In mist of his performance role as principal violist, Dwayne’s sound has been described by another orchestral musician as.... “A warm sound that carries the orchestra. You can be transfixed by his body expressions and sound. He’s like the meat of the orchestra… really humble, a good leader, and very passionate” (Magna Blemur, The Hunter Bridge).

 

April 2010 Dwayne made his debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, playing solo viola with Kentucky Chamber Choir, under composer Shafer Mahoney’s direction. In 2011 he was one of the founding members of Project Tangata, which has had the honor of performing works with Naxos recording artist Gregory Burleson

 

Currently he is working with guitarist Marcin Wisniewski also a former member of Project Tangata. They both came together and decided it was time in late spring 2015 to form a duo called The F Tones. This speak easy dynamic duo spins out fresh and velvety covers of pop tunes: a captivating fusion of acoustic classical, folk, gypsy jazz, and flamenco infused improvisation too. Together they have recently created an amazing swing of concerts that landed them as featured artist at BAMcafe at BAM. They also received a two page spread written in the Kingsman newsletters. In 2018 The F Tones debut their first piece of discography called “Sketches” feature six of their original compositions and two jazz standards. 

 

He plays on a viola crafted in 2018 by Erlangan, German luthier Wilhelm Klier, another viola created in 2008, and a violin crafted in 2016 by Shanghai’s master luthier Ma Zhibin. As for his future musical aspiration he hopes to someday have a concerto written for him as the dedicatee and as it's initial performer, as well as revivify and concertize lesser known gem in the viola repertoire and works by minority composers.

 

 With the molding of Dwayne artist prowess he just released another talent out of the box singing in his first EP called "Shoo False Love, I Fear Not!" This project showcases the many talents of Dwayne as the visionary who wore many hats, that of the composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, singer, dance choreographer, dancers and director of both the music video and live concert. He plans on making more high quality multidisciplinary pieces of art. 

 

Alongside his classical music interest he has performed with Jazz Vox the Emmys Award performing ensemble, under the direction of Priscilla Owens. He premiered in an operetta called “The Sacred Wood” by the late composer Richard Burke, as dual role violist and tenor soloist at the Kaye Playhouse Theater, NY. Dwayne is also a professional ballroom dancer. He managed to rack up an impressive dance resume performing with his partner at the Kennedy Center, Roseland Ballroom, “PORTS” fashion show, NY, being a background dancer in the film “Take the Lead,” appearing on the TODAY SHOW, and toured nationally with American Ballroom Theatre, alongside competing and winning various championship level competitions.

 

In Ballroom dancing he has studied American and International style in all four competitive disciplines: Smooth, Rhythm, Latin and Standard. With the latin style being his specialty and for which he had championed.

 

Dwayne has also been interested in bringing together his love for music and dance, and has spent the bulk of 2019 creating original compositions that explores movement with sound. He has been working with Yamini Kalluri an acclaimed Kuchipudi Indian classical dance expert, together they have been touring with their composition titled “East Meets West.” Alongside this project Dwayne has been working with contemporary dance company Sanslimites Dance also in creating a work titled “The Trio” where he actually dances and plays his instrument simultaneously.

 

Being a conductor for Noel Pointer String Players has later became another asset of his work for which he had worked in from 2018-2020. Through Noel Pointer Foundation he helped create the groundwork for the 17th annual fiddle festival in 2018 placed at NAB Theatre at City Tech for which he made his hosting debut which came as a complete success.

 

Outside of the blue he was invited November 2018 to perform solo viola and catwalk for Bosnian NIVEA Fashion Week for Couture Designer Istok Bratić. From which opened other televised opportunities.