Born in London in 1997, Ben began playing the horn at the age of 9 and started studying with Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department from the age of 11. In 2020, he graduated with honours from the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, studying with Radek Baborák.
Highlights of Ben’s career thus far have included his debut as a soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Lucerne Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Mozarteum Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Royal Philhar- monic Orchestra, and das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. He has worked as soloist with conduc- tors such as James Gaffigan, Nicholas Collon, Mark Wigglesworth, Kristiina Poska, Radek Baborak, Andrew Gourlay and Jessica Cottis, and recorded the solo horn call from Wagner’s Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
At the age of 18 Ben was a Concerto Finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. In 2018 he made his BBC Proms debut, released his first CD, Debut, to critical acclaim, and was selected as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and Gramophone Magazine One to Watch.
The 2020/2021 season sees him return as a recitalist to Wigmore Hall, perform Britten’s Ser- enade at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ligeti’s Horn Trio at the Pierre Boulez Saal. A keen advocate for new music, he premieres new works by Huw Watkins, Roxanna Panufnik, Chris- toph Schönberger, Guillem Palomar and, as a member of the Pierre Boulez Ensemble, collab- orates with François-Xavier-Roth, Zubin Mehta, Lahav Shani and Matthias Pintscher.
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