Benjamin Baker and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra perform Brahms’ epic Violin Concerto in this recent performance conducted by Ken Lam.
Recent highlights for Baker 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 New Zealand, 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.
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.
He 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.
Review: Benjamin Baker: 1942
Born in New Zealand, Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. In 2013 he won first Prize at the Windsor International Competition and was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions in London.
He was a fellow at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago in 2016 and 2017. His first CD for Champs Hill Records was released in 2015 and in 2021 released his recording with pianist Daniel Lebhardt on Delphian Records.
Baker plays on a Giovanni Grancino from 1694 on generous loan from a charitable trust.