10th November 2016
We are delighted to announce that on Saturday 5 November 2016 the violinist Benjamin Baker won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists Final Auditions held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.
There were over 160 applicants from twenty countries and Benjamin was one of 4 Prize-Winners alongside Nathan Lee (piano), Zavier Foley (double-bass) and Anthony Trionfo (flute). Each First Prize Winner will be presented next season in three major debuts in New York and Washington, D.C.
The members of the jury for the Final Auditions were Daniel Philips (violin), Pamela Frank (violin), Marya Martin (flute), Carter Brey (cello), Barbara Allen (harp), James Sinclair (conductor), Gary Graffman (piano), Ilana Vered (piano), Jerome Lowenthal (piano) and Susan Wadsworth (Chair and Director YCA, Inc.)
In October 2016 Benjamin made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Earlier in the year he appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese L’Aquila in Italy and Maui Pops Orchestra in Hawaii. He has given recitals and taken part in festivals and venues across Europe, and in summer 2016 attended Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute as a Fellow.
At the YCA Final Auditions Benjamin was also awarded the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize and the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize.
Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected by YCAT in 2013.