About

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Benjamin leads a varied musical career, balancing his chamber music work and orchestral projects around his enthusiasm for coaching young musicians.

At age eight Benjamin was awarded a place as chorister at the prestigious St John’s College choir in Cambridge and subsequently toured the world and appeared as soloist on many recordings. In 2000 Benjamin won a place at Chetham’s School of Music to learn violin with Jan Repko, and then in 2005 he continued his studies at the Royal College of Music as a viola player. Whilst at the RCM Benjamin learnt with Ivo-Jan van der Werff and Jonathan Barritt and was a prize winner at the International Kenneth Page Viola Competition. He graduated with honours in 2009 and then completed his Postgraduate Degree where he studied jointly with Simon Rowland-Jones and Lawrence Power.

As a chamber musician Benjamin has performed in venues throughout the UK and abroad including St James, Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-field and Bath Pump Rooms. Benjamin was finalist with the Palomino Quartet in both the St Martin-in-the-field Chamber Competition and Ernest Bloch Music Competition. Benjamin has participated in master classes with the Wihan Quartet, Endellion Quartet, the Israel Trio, the Chilingirian Quartet, Ioan Davies, Philip Dukes, Lewis Kaplan, Alisdair Tait, Richard Ireland, David Waterman and Doctor Hugh Maguire and has attended International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, London String Quartet Foundation Quartet Symposia, Britten Sinfonia Lab, and King’s Place Chamber Studio. Benjamin has also played with the Arienski Ensemble in the North Norfolk Music Feestival. Benjamin enjoys playing with his viola quartet Mit Dӓmpfer.

Benjamin joined Southbank Sinfonia in 2011 subsequently performing in many concerts both as orchestral player and as chamber musician. With Southbank Benjamin performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall under Vladimir Ashkenazy and at the Royal Opera House and collaborated with members of Academy of St Martin-in-the-Field and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Benjamin is enthusiastic about enlightening young people through music making and actively organises and participates in musical outreach workshops. Benjamin has worked as viola coach for the National Youth Strings Academy.

Benjamin plays on a viola by Luigi Soffritti, 1875.

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