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Guest Musicians 2016

Benjamin Baker

Violin

Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl.

Over the last year Mr Baker has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Salisbury Festival, Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese L'Aquila in Italy, Sinfonia Cymru, English Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra in Hawaii. This season he makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

Benjamin Baker has given recitals and taken part in festivals across Europe including Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, Pedrera Hall, the Pärnu, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival, Cheltenham and East Neuk Festivals. He has toured throughout New Zealand, appeared as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and in 2016 joined Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute as a Fellow. In 2015 he released his first CD for Champs Hill Records. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013, and in the same year won First Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition. Mr Baker was also the New Zealand Development Prize Winner at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Benjamin Baker plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan.

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