Ben Robinson is a young Australian composer emerging from the highly regarded composition program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. With a style that is rich in rhythmic excitement, Ben’s works create an engaging musical trajectory from start to finish - a distinctive voice amongst the modern trends of slow, textural music and extended techniques.

 

In July 2018 he won the AMEB Centenary Fanfare Competition, receiving the prize of $5000 - this piece is now the processional music for AMEB NSW’s official ceremonies; 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 September 2018 Ben was awarded the second prize in Arcadia Winds’ composition competition for his wind quintet, Earworm; and in June 2019 his piece Expansion for alto saxophone and electronics was premiered as part of Vivid Sydney, a commission for Konzertprojekt’s mini-festival, ‘Light Qualities’.

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Ben has developed his style under the guidance of composers including Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin, Gerard Brophy and Ben Carey. His works often combine stylistic influences such as the sense of direction in the music of Stravinsky and Bartók, the melodic and harmonic playfulness of neoclassicism, and the rhythmic drive of post-minimalism. The intricate, interweaving nature of Ben’s music often lends itself to small ensembles, with a particular focus on wind instruments. Arcadia Winds have commented,

Ben has worked closely with various semi-professional performers, composing for the instagram-famous clarinet ensemble, The Clari Boys; the Luxum Saxophone Quartet; Ensemble Apex’s Sam Weller; and Gondwana Choirs. He 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 Robinson is starting to break into Sydney’s classical music scene, and will continue to do so over the coming years. 

"We all loved how Ben took a simple idea and developed it with imagination and flair.” 

'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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