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George Benjamin

  • Composer
  • Conductor

Biography

George Benjamin appears regularly as a conductor with the world's leading ensembles and orchestras, and recent seasons have included engagements with the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia and the Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras.

In 1999 he made his operatic debut conducting Pelléas et Mélisande in Brussels and he has conducted numerous world premieres, including works by Rihm, Chin, Grisey and Ligeti. In January 2010 there will be extensive celebrations of Benjamin’s music in San Francisco and London, marking his 50th birthday, and in June he will be the music director of the Ojai Festival in California. George Benjamin was the founding curator of the South Bank's Meltdown Festival, and was artistic consultant to the BBC's retrospective of 20th century music, Sounding the Century.

Since 2001 he has been the Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King's College, London. He is a Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres, a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Guildhall School, the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music. George Benjamin’s music is published by Faber Music, and his works are recorded on Nimbus Records.