Ben Robinson is a versatile Australian composer with a flair for rhythmically exciting chamber music and captivating melodic gestures. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he was awarded the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize by his tutors for excellence in composition. Ben’s music creates an engaging trajectory from start to finish, and his agile and colourful ideas appeal to a wide audience of listeners, regardless of their understanding of classical music. His teacher and mentor Paul Stanhope writes, “Ben’s achievements speak for themselves, as does his strong sense of a compositional voice.”
Despite the effects of the global pandemic, Ben has kicked off his career with commissions for the Australian National Academy of Music’s bold new project The ANAM Set, Sydney’s charismatic orchestral collective Ensemble Apex, and the Sydney Opera House.
He has also composed for a number of prestigious development programs with Ensemble Offspring, the Australian Youth Orchestra and Gondwana Choirs. Upcoming projects include an intimate work for flute and electronics inspired by the recent fires and subsequent flooding in his hometown of Port Macquarie, and a substantial 20-minute saxophone work which explores the beauty of science – an ode to the scientific process.
In previous years Ben has been the winner of Ensemble Apex’s call-for-scores and AMEB NSW’s Centenary Fanfare Competition. He also placed second in Arcadia Winds’ inaugural wind-quintet competition. His music has been performed in local festivals including Vivid Sydney and Extended Play, as well as internationally in the U.S., the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, and the Asia Saxophone Congress in Shanghai.
Ben also has a deep passion for championing 'living' music and creating opportunities to showcase young performers and composers. His work with musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring supports these values in a professional capacity, working closely with percussion powerhouse Claire Edwardes to facilitate new Australian music. Ben is also a member of composer-collective Konzertprojekt, and in 2020 designed and produced their online series Unspoken, which digitally premiered four new works by emerging composers.
Originally from the coastal town of Port Macquarie, Ben now lives in Sydney working as a freelance musician, and continues to build a reputation as a passionate and dedicated composer.
Photo by Keith Saunders
“Ben’s achievements speak for themselves, as does his strong sense of a compositional voice.”
Paul Stanhope, Composer
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