Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before attending the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2011 to study with Thomas Carroll. In 2014, he received a Scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Louise Hopkins. As of September 2018, he has been continuing his studies with Louise as a Postgraduate Student, kindly supported by The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Help Musicians UK and The Countess of Munster Trust. He was recently awarded the 2019 Suggia Gift by Help Musicians UK, The David Goldman Award from The Worshipful Company of Musicians and was the recipient of the 2019 John Fussell Award.
In May of 2016 Ben was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles and in April 2017, he participated in the masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, attending Open Chamber Music the following September. He was invited as a soloist to perform with the Youth Classics Orchestra for their gala concert at The Hochschule Der Künste in Zurich. Recent highlights include Dvorak’s Cello Concerto at West Road Concert Hall, a performance at Wales Millennium Centre, recitals at The 2018 Cowbridge Music Festival and St Martin’s in-the-Field and Chamber Music performances in The Barbican Hall and Milton Court Concert Hall. Ben was recently chosen to be a 2019 Concordia Foundation Artist and a 2019/20 Park Lane Group Artist.
Musicians’ Company Award: The Musicians’ Company David Goldman Award 2019, The Musicians’ Company Silver Medal – Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2020
Photograph: Camilla Cappelli
Page Updated: Nov 2019