ComposersBen Hoadley

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Phoebe Gardner NSW violin

Ben Hoadley holds degrees in bassoon performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston. He received a Master of Music in composition with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato where he was awarded the Lilburn Composition Prize, and has held fellowships to the Australian National Academy of Music, Tanglewood Music Centre and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

Since returning from the USA, Ben has divided his time between Australia and New Zealand working as a bassoonist, composer and teacher. He has lectured at the University of Auckland from 2007, and since 2019 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Ben is regularly invited to teach at institutions throughout Australasia and abroad, including a residency at the University of Louisville, USA in 2017. 

Ben's compositions include: the chamber opera Miss Brill, written in collaboration with Sydney playwright Craig Brush, and premiered at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2018 as part of the Resonate series; Huia for organ and orchestra, premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; Turakirae for clarinet and orchestra, premiered by Peter Scholes and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra in 2018 and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2020; works commissioned by the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Professor Jack C Richards and a bassoon quartet commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s bassoon section that has been performed worldwide. 

In 2020 he completed a string quartet (written with assistance from a Creative NZ grant) that was premiered by the Jade Quartet in Auckland; a work for solo oboe for Camille Wells (NZ/USA) and Shaiq Ahmad Noori (Afghanistan) through the Teach to Learn foundation in Boston; and the sextet Cave Dances, commissioned by Chamber Music NZ and performed at ten centres across New Zealand by principal players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Also in 2020, Ben was the winner of the NSW Flute Society Composition Grant for his work involute for flute and piano, and the SOUNZ Brass Composition Prize with Haratua for trombone and piano. 

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Biography current at January 2021

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