Winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, Ben is the only student of Radek Baborák at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.
Recent highlights as soloist include Strauss with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (KKL Luzern), Mozart with the English Festival Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall), and Britten with Ian Bostridge and Aurora Orchestra. In the 2017/18 season Ben performs concertos by Pauer, Penderecki, Bowen, Telemann, Weber and Mozart, and makes his debut as soloist at the Berliner Philarmonie with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. He also gives recitals throughout the UK, and releases his debut CD with Willowhayne Records, including works by Schumann, York Bowen and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Sought after as a chamber and orchestral musician, Ben has performed as guest with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with whom he tours South America and Europe. In April he joins Daniel Barenboim and Michael Barenboim to perform Alexander Goehr’s Horn Trio in the Pierre Boulez Saal, in addition to concerts with the Boulez Ensemble.
Ben is accompanied by pianist Richard Uttley. Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard Uttley won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) 2011-2017. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph). Richard has released three solo recital discs to critical acclaim and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Two, BBC Four and Sky Arts. Recent highlights include recitals in the Auditorium du Louvre, Bridgewater Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall, and tours of China and Columbia. Richard read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first in 2008, and then studied at the Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. Richard teaches at City University and Guildhall.
Ticket price: Adults £15 Under 16s £10