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Guest Musicians 2017

Benjamin Baker

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

rn in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl.   In 2016 he won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York.

At the opening of the 2016/17 season Benjamin made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto.   

Over the last year he has appeared as soloist with 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. Future engagements include concerts at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, debut recitals in New York and Washington D.C. and a tour of Argentina.

Benjamin has given recitals and taken part in festivals across Europe including Wigmore 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 YCAT in 2013, and in the same year won 1st Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition.

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

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