Benjamin Baker

Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music with Natasha Boyarsky and Felix Andrievsky, graduating in 2014 with a Masters. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.

During his studies Benjamin won numerous prizes and awards including 1st Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition, the Development Prize from the Michael Hill Violin Competition, 1st Prize in the string section of the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and 2nd Prize at the 2011 Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy.

Over the last year Benjamin has made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon, performed the Britten Concerto with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra and Brahms Double Concerto with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Lichfield, Newbury and Northern Chords Festivals, and recorded for Champs Hill Records. This summer he appears as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company.

Future engagements include a return visit to Wigmore Hall, and recitals at The Sage Gateshead, Colston Hall and the Pedrera Hall in Barcelona. He will give performances of the Sibelius Concerto with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto with the Cardiff Philharmonic and Shostakovich Concerto No 1 in London.

As a soloist Benjamin has appeared with the Orchestra Wellington, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Joven Orquesta de Salamanca, Orpheus Sinfonia, Bath Philharmonia, the Romanian State Radio Orchestra and New English Concert Orchestra at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Bath and Gstaad Festivals. He has given recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, and toured Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and New Zealand as a member of the Trio Boyarsky.

In 2005 Benjamin’s first solo CD Arcadian Strings won the Classic FM Next Big Thing Competition. His second CD Live at Menuhin Hall was released in 2010.

Hugely popular in New Zealand, Benjamin returns whenever he is able, to give concerts and appear on radio and television. He moved to the UK in 1998 with his family to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, on the recommendation of Nigel Kennedy. He is very grateful to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson for his commitment to children’s charities.

Benjamin Baker, image © Kaupo Kikkas

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