Biography

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Composer, pianist, and hornist Benjamin Beckman (b. 2000) is a rising freshman at Yale University hailing from 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, the Thornton Edge, 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, REDCAT Theater, 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. 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 will be 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 will be 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. 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.