Benjamin L.

Benjamin Larsen
Teacher
Benjamin L.
Plays/Teaches

Experience:

Private studio and teacher at various music schools in NYC.

Education:

Bachelor Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Located:

Manhattan, NY

Cellist Benjamin L. made his solo debut in 1999 at the Merryall Center for the Arts, where critic for the Danbury News Times, Frank Merkling, called him “remarkably gifted”, with “a charming, warm tone”. He has performed in various venues in the New England area, including concerto performances with the Hartford Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony and Musica Dolce Ensemble, and solo and chamber performances in Europe and Asia. He is an avid chamber musician, having performed with the Enao Ensemble in chamber concerts to benefit the charity, the Bishop’s Fund for Children, for over a decade. He is the cellist and a founding member of the Lorelei Piano Trio and a member of several other chamber music ensembles. As free-lance cellist, he has performed with many diverse ensembles, accompanying the musical, “Time Between Us” in the New York Musical Theater Festival, appearing with the band, The Left Banke and playing with Ensemble 212. In addition to performing, he is on the faculty of Zen Music School and teaches at the Browning School, as well as holding a private studio.
Ben has performed at summer music festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet Program, Music@Menlo and Pacific Music Festival, and has won top prizes in competitions such as the Musical Club of Hartford and Symphony in Simsbury. His chamber music mentors have included members of the Emerson, Tokyo, American, Orion and Keller String Quartets, as well as Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Peter Frankl, Andre Michel Schub, and Daniel Epstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and several others. He has taken master classes with Bonnie Hampton, Keith Robinson and Colin Carr, and past teachers include Eric Dahlin, David Finckel, Julia Lichten and Clive Greensmith, as well as lessons with Marta Istomin and Bonnie Hampton.
As an orchestral musician he has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Shattered Glass, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and the Salome Chamber Orchestra in New York City. Ben holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.