Ben GoldscheiderBorn into a musical family, Ben began playing the horn aged nine, and commenced studies with Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department two years later. At the age of 13, Ben was appointed principal horn of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and, in 2014, principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was awarded the John Fletcher Brass Prize for his contribution to the orchestra.  In 2012, he was the youngest participant in the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy. Ben has also played with the Philharmonia and collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey on her 2015 Christmas Single.

Described as a "musical Bear Grylls" (Huffington Post, May 2016), Ben has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation.  Winner of the Brass Category Final in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, Ben went on reach the concerto finals at London’s Barbican Hall, where he performed Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth.

In the autumn of 2016, Ben took up a sought after place at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, where he will be the only horn student of Radek Baborák.  Upcoming concerto highlights include Strauss with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Mozart with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016, Ben won the Philip Jones Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition for most outstanding brass player, the Cox Memorial Prize and audience prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, second prize at the Leos Janáček International Competition and second prize at the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition.  Ben was recently invited to participate in the International Music Academy for Soloists (Bückeberg Palace, Germany) and the International Summer Academy for Wind Soloists (Payerbach, Austria).

Ben is grateful for support from Awards for Young Musicians, Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians and EMI Music Sound Foundation. He is a June Emerson Wind Music Young Artist. As a result of his success in the BBC Young Musician Competition, Ben receives career guidance and diary management from the Young Classical Artists Trust.

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