Benjamin Baker, violinist
A New Zealand native, Benjamin Baker has moved audiences around the world with his musicianship. His playing has been described as having “expressive colour” and “sonorous presence” (Beethoven Society of Europe).
Mr. Baker is a First Prize Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, at which he was the recipient of three special performance awards including the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, and the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize. He will make his U.S. recital debuts in the 2017-2018 Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, supported by the Peter Jay Sharp Concert Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, underwritten by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize.
Mr. Baker has appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Salisbury Festival, the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead, Wales’ Sinfonia Cymru, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese L’Aquila, the Maui Pops Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia. He has taken part in festivals across Europe and the United Kingdom as well.
In 2016, Mr. Baker was a Fellow at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. In 2015, he made his first CD for Champs Hill Records, which includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in A major, Kreisler’s Three Old Viennese Dances, and Strauss’ Sonata in E flat, Op. 18. He won representation with London’s Young Classical Artists Trust in 2013 and First Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition.
By popular demand, Benjamin returns to New Zealand to play concerts and appear on radio and TV. For his devotion to charities for children, Mr. Baker is grateful to be an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson.
Currently a resident of London, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl graduation prize. Benjamin plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan.