Ben Robinson is a young Australian composer emerging from the highly regarded composition program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was recently awarded the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize for Composition. With a style that is rich in rhythmic excitement, Ben’s works create an engaging musical trajectory from start to finish - a distinctive voice against the modern trends of slow, textural music and extended techniques. Mostly composing choral works and chamber music, he often combines stylistic influences such as the sense of direction in the music of Stravinsky and Bartók, the playfulness of neoclassicism, and the rhythmic drive of post-minimalism. Ben has developed his skills under the guidance of composers including Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin, Gerard Brophy and Ben Carey.
In December 2019 he won Ensemble Apex’s call for scores competition with Propulsive Instability for chamber orchestra, which will be premiered by the fantastic new ensemble in December 2020. In June 2019 his piece Expansion for alto saxophone
Ben also works with electronic media, composing a number of electroacoustic pieces both with and without live acoustic instruments. He has even achieved internet success with his video, Babbling, Bumbling Band of Baboons, a remix of the Harry Potter films which has reached over six million views on Facebook!
Originally from the coastal town of Port Macquarie, Ben has spent the last four years studying in Sydney and, having recently completed his composition degree, is continuing to build his music career in the city.
"We all loved how Ben took a simple idea and developed it with imagination and flair.”
and electronics was premiered as part of Vivid Sydney, a commission for Konzertprojekt’s mini-festival, ‘Light Qualities’; this piece received its first international performance in September 2019 at the Asia Saxophone Congress in Shanghai. In September 2018 Ben was awarded the second prize in Arcadia Winds’ wind quintet competition for his piece, Earworm. In August 2018 his confronting political piece about gun control in America, We Call B.S., was workshopped by the Bang on a Can All Stars and featured in ‘Extended Play’, a twelve-hour new-music festival at Sydney’s City Recital Hall. In July 2018 he won the AMEB Centenary Fanfare Competition, receiving the prize of $5000. He has also been selected to work with Moorambilla Voices as a composer-in-residence in 2020.
Ben recently became a member of Konzertprojekt, a small collective of emerging composers who curate concerts of chamber, audiovisual and electroacoustic music, with a focus on showcasing diversity and cultivating a vibrant music community. He has also worked closely with various semi-professional performers in Sydney including Oliver Shermacher and his instagram-famous clarinet ensemble The Clari Boys, the Luxum Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Apex’s Sam Weller, and Gondwana Choirs. Melbourne wind quintet Arcadia Winds have commented,
'We Call B.S.' for open instrumentation and fixed media. Premiered in August 2018 at Extended Play, a new-music festival hosted by the City Recital Hall, Sydney.
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