Biography

IMG_4172.jpeg

Composer, pianist, and hornist Benjamin Beckman is a high school senior at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Ben’s music has notably been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra, Frost School of Music Ensemble Ibis, Triton Brass, the Lyris Quartet, and the Harvard-Westlake Symphony Orchestra in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, GA, and University of Miami’s Clark Recital Hall. He has studied composition with Christopher Wong; Carrie Magin at Interlochen Center for the Arts’s summer composition program; Sarah Gibson and Andrew Norman through the Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program; and Martin Amlin and Justin Casinghino in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s (BUTI) Young Artist Composition Program. Ben has participated in master classes with John Adams, Joan Tower, Nico Muhly, and the 2018 Tanglewood Music Center Composition Fellows. Ben is a 2017 YoungArts Winner, won the 2017 Ensemble Ibis International High School Competition, and has received honorable mentions in the 2018 and 2019 American Composer’s Forum Nextnotes Competition and the 2019 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. As a 2018 Composition Fellow, his orchestral work “ascendance, descendance” was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on two ‘Toyota Symphonies for Youth’ concerts. Ben’s orchestral composition “and the wind, and the waves…” was the first student-composed piece ever to be performed by the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra. In April 2019, Ben’s piano quartet “Three Views” was be performed and recorded for the NPR Radio show From the Top, to be broadcast across the country in June. In the summer of 2019, Ben will serve as one of two apprentice composers to the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Ben is an ASCAP composer and publisher, and is self-published under his company BlueCircle Press. Ben will matriculate to Yale University in the fall of 2019.