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Ben Goldscheider

Born in London, Ben Goldscheider completed his studies cum laude at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák in 2020. Today, he is a member of the Boulez Ensemble and is first horn of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

In 2019, he won the YCAT International Auditions and in 2016 he was BBC Young Musician Concerto Finalist. In 2023, he was appointed Artist in Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Goldscheider was nominated by the Barbican as an ECHO Rising Star for the 2021-2022 season. He has given recitals in major concert halls across Europe, including the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Pierre Boulez Saal, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Köln Philharmonie and Wigmore Hall.

Goldscheider has already performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and made his BBC Proms concert debut in 2022 with the Ethel Smyth Concerto for Horn and Violin with Elena Urioste and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazuki Yamada. Ben has also performed as soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Ulster Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Lucerne Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Manchester Camerata, Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin.

In the 2023-2024 season, he will premiere several new compositions.

Highlights include:

  • The world premiere of the Horn Concerto by Gavin Higgins with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in collaboration with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and the London Chamber Orchestra.
  • The premiere of Huw Watkins' Horn Concerto with Britten Sinfonia in collaboration with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at the Köln Philharmonie.
  • A new work for horn and keys by Sara Cubarsi at the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) with horn, electronics and live lighting design with commissions from Zoe Martlew and Mark Simpson
  • Two performances at the Wigmore Hall, London.
  • The performance of new works by Nicola Lefanu (Lammermuir Festival), Victoria Kelly & Georgina Palmer (At World's Edge Festival, New Zealand), Matthew Peterson and Joseph Phibbs (Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival).

As a dedicated chamber musician, Goldscheider has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Sergei Babyan, Elena Bashkirova, Sunwook Kim and Michael Volle at the Verbier, Salzburg, Jerusalem, Intonations (Berlin) and Barenboim (Buenos Aires) Festivals, among others.

In recital, Ben has also collaborated with Michael Barenboim, Stephen Hough, Tom Poster, Benjamin Baker, James Baillieu, Allan Clayton and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.

His recordings include:

  • Legacy: A Tribute to Dennis Brain on Three Worlds Records with new commissioned works by Huw Watkins and Roxanna Panufnik.
  • A solo concerto recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra featuring works by Arnold, Schoenberg and Gipps conducted by Lee Reynolds.
  • The solo horn part from Wagner's Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Ben will start as principal study teacher in Horn in September 2024.