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Benjamin Baker - Violin

Born 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.

Over the last year, Benjamin 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 and Maui Pops Orchestra in Hawaii. This season he makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

Benjamin 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 YCAT in 2013, and in the same year won 1st Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition.

Benjamin has just been named as a joint first prize winner at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. Together with three other artists Benjamin was selected from a pool of nearly 200 applicants from 20 countries. Each musician receives three major debuts in New York and Washington D.C. next season, and will join the roster of Young Concert Artists Inc., which provides at least three years of management, concert engagements and promotion.

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

Reviews:

"I first came across Ben Baker leading a superlative Mendelssohn Octet at the East Neuk Festival. Our next meeting was at Paavo Järvi’s Pärnu Festival… where Baker gave an incandescent performance."
The Arts Desk – David Nice / August 2015

"…an attractive, sonorous quality of tone and expression, demonstrating an impressive talent."
Classic FM review / Champs Hill CD The Last Rose of Summer / April 2015

"…it was Ben Baker.… who stole the show for me on his violin."
Edinburgh Guide / Edinburgh Fringe Festival / August 2013

Works performed:
Britten - Violin Concerto - Sun 10 Mar 2019
Sibelius - Violin Concerto - Sat 11 Mar 2017