ComposersBen Robinson

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Lynda Latu SA violin

Ben Robinson is a promising young composer and graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was awarded the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize for excellence in composition. Under the guidance of his tutors Paul Stanhope, Ben Carey and Michael Smetanin, Ben has developed a passion for chamber music and a style that is rich in rhythmic excitement. Ben’s works create an engaging musical trajectory from start to finish, and his agile and colourful compositions appeal to a wide audience of listeners both with and without a classical education.

Despite the effects of the global pandemic, last year Ben was commissioned by Sydney's vibrant young orchestra Ensemble Apex, the Sydney Opera House, new-music collective Konzertprojekt, and the Port Macquarie Hastings Choristers. In addition to The ANAM Set, in 2021 Ben has been commissioned by flautist Emilia Antcliff to write a new work for flute and electronics, and has been accepted into Ensemble Offspring’s 2021 'Hatched Academy’ composer development program and the Australian Youth Orchestra's composition program.

Ben has been the winner of Ensemble Apex’s Call-For-Scores, the winner of AMEB NSW’s Centenary Fanfare Competition, and placed second in Arcadia Winds’ Wind Quintet Competition. His music has been performed in Sydney festivals including Vivid and Extended Play, as well as internationally, including the US, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, and the Asia Saxophone Congress in Shanghai.

"Ben’s dedication and love for music speaks strongly with every note he writes.” - Sam Weller (Artistic Director, Ensemble Apex)

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