Ben Robinson is a promising young composer and recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was awarded the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize for excellence in composition. Under the guidance of his tutors including Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin and Ben Carey, Ben has developed a passion for chamber music and a style that is rich in rhythmic excitement. Ben’s works create an engaging musical trajectory from start to finish, often combining his stylistic influences and moving between the sound worlds of Bela Bartók, Louis Andriessen, John Adams and Ross Edwards. Ben’s agile and colourful compositions appeal to a wide audience, and engage listeners both with and without a classical education.
Despite the effects of the global pandemic, Ben has recently been commissioned by Ensemble Apex to compose Binary Ties for their 2020 digital season; by the Sydney Opera House to compose the title music for their Piano Day celebration broadcast; by new-music collective Konzertprojekt, composing Changing Ways for
flute and piano, which was premiered in their digital series ‘Unspoken’; by the Port Macquarie Hastings Choristers, composing ‘One Song’ in celebration of their 30th Birthday Gala; and by flautist Emilia Antcliff to write a new work for flute and electronics. He was recently accepted into Ensemble Offspring’s 2021 'Hatched Academy’ composer development program which will culminate in the creation of a new chamber work, guided by Melody Eötvös and premiered by the performers of Ensemble Offspring.
In previous years Ben has been the winner of Ensemble Apex’s Call-For-Scores, the winner of AMEB NSW’s Centenary Fanfare Competition, and placed second in Arcadia Winds’ Wind Quintet Competition. Ben’s music has been performed in local festivals including Vivid Sydney and Extended Play, as well as internationally, including the U.S., the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, and the Asia Saxophone Congress in Shanghai. Ben was selected as composer-in-residence for Moorambilla Voices’ 2020 program, however this was unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic.
Ben also has a passion for living music and supporting the creation of music events, particularly those that showcase young musicians. He holds an administrative position with Ensemble Offspring, who champion these values in a professional capacity, and is a core member of Konzertprojekt, a small collective of emerging composers who curate concerts of chamber, audiovisual and electroacoustic music. In 2020 Ben designed and produced Konzertprojekt’s online series ‘Unspoken’, which digitally premiered four new works by emerging composers.
Originally from the coastal town of Port Macquarie, Ben has started to build a reputation in Sydney's classical scene, and continues to work towards a freelance music career in the city.
“Ben’s dedication and love for music speaks strongly with every note he writes.”
- Sam Weller, Artistic Director of Ensemble Apex
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