Biography

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Composer, hornist, singer, and pianist Benjamin Beckman (b. 2000) is a freshman at Yale University hailing from Los Angeles, California. Ben’s music has notably been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra, Frost School of Music Ensemble Ibis, Triton Brass, the Lyris Quartet, Opera Elect, and the Thornton Edge in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and REDCAT Theater. Ben counts among his most formative teachers and mentors Andrew Norman, Sarah Gibson, Sean Shepherd, Martin Amlin, Justin Casinghino, and Cristopher Wong. He currently studies with Kathryn Alexander. Ben has participated in master classes with John Adams, Joan Tower, Nico Muhly, Aaron J. Kernis, Matthew Aucoin, and Melinda Wagner. 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. Ben’s piano quartet “Three Views” was performed and recorded for the NPR Radio show From the Top. As part of his summer of 2019 apprenticeship with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, his piece Occidentalis was performed by the orchestra at Tanglewood, on the BBC Proms, and at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His first chamber opera The Basement Among the Stars was given its premier by Opera Elect the same summer. Ben is an ASCAP composer and publisher, and is self-published under his company BlueCircle Press. As a performer, Ben is a member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Schola Cantorum, Battell Chapel Choir, and the Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra. Ben graduated the Harvard-Westlake High School in spring 2019, receiving one of two Bishop’s-Veritas Awards for most outstanding members of the senior class.