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This year Ben makes his BBC Proms debut, gives recitals throughout the UK and further afield, and performs concertos by Jiri Pauer (UK premiere), Krzysztof Penderecki, Telemann, Haydn, Weber, Mozart and Strauss. A committed chamber musician, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall with tenor Julian Prégardien and pianist Christoph Schnackertz, and the Pierre Boulez Saal alongside Daniel Barenboim and Michael Barenboim. Future highlights include Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival with Sergei Babayan. Sought-after as an orchestral player, Ben has performed as guest with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonia, English Chamber and West-Eastern Divan Orchestras.
Ben is a student of Radek Baborák at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, following studies with Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Prizes include the 2016 Philip Jones Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition and the Cox Memorial Prize and Audience Prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. Ben is grateful for guidance and diary management from Young Classical Artists Trust, and for awards from the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians, Awards for Young Musicians, June Emerson Wind Music and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
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