Benjamin Baker



Since winning 1st Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand in 2017 Benjamin has established a strong international presence. 

Described by the New York Times as bringing ‘virtuosity, refinement and youthful exuberance’ to his debut at Merkin Concert Hall he is much sought after as soloist and chamber musician. 

Recent highlights include regular appearances at Wigmore Hall (live-streamed and on BBC Radio 3), his debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the East Neuk Festival and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in NZ, alongside solo recordings with the BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. 

He recorded live concerts commissioned for release online by the Vancouver Recital Society and Banquo de la Republica in Colombia and In 2021 Delphian Records released his recording with pianist Daniel Lebhardt to critical acclaim. 

The opening of the 2021/22 season saw the launch of his festival in Queenstown, New Zealand - At the World’s Edge and solo appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. 

Benjamin has toured widely in the USA, Colombia, China and Argentina and taken part in the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon and the Sanguine Estate Music Fesitval in Australia. 

Solo appearances in recent seasons include the Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, Albanian Radio Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Long Bay Symphony, National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, Sinfonia Cymru, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese L’Aquila, and Maui Pops Orchestras. In 2017 he collaborated as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. 

Born in New Zealand, 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 a prize-winner at the 2013 YCAT International Auditions in London and a Fellow at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago in 2016 and 2017. Benjamin plays on a Giovanni Grancino from 1694 on generous loan from a charitable trust.