Emotional power, sparkling technique, and a burnished tone are the qualities that have made cellist Benjamin Myers an audience favorite. The New Yorker magazine said of a concert with the Hartt Symphony in Alice Tully Hall, “The best soloist was the first cello, Benjamin Myers, who added a romantic line to the duet.” Music Monthly said of another performance that he was “riveting and delightful to behold.”
At the age of nineteen, Benjamin Myers took top prize in the 1987 Emerson String Quartet Competition which resulted in a guest appearance as the cellist of that quartet. Since then, Myers has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in major halls in America and Europe. He has given three solo and chamber performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) under the auspices of the LaGesse Foundation.
As a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Gemini Piano Trio, he has taken top prizes in the 1997 Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Competition, MTNA Chamber Music Competitions, the 1997 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition and its subsequent Year 2000 Winners Competition. The Gemini Piano Trio’s first CD was praised by The American Record Guide which noted, “There is an admirable balance between confidence, polished technique, and impulsive, romantic ardor in this performance.” Along with their first disc, music from their recently-released second disc can be heard on radio stations nationwide.
Dr. Myers has the distinction of being the first person ever to earn a doctoral degree in cello performance from the highly selective program at the New England Conservatory where he also earned his master's degree. He earned a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from the Hartt School of Music. He has studied with David Finckel of the Emerson Quartet, and soloists David Wells and Colin Carr. He has also played in masterclasses for cellists such as Steven Doane and Yo-Yo Ma. Myers has also appeared as principal cello of many orchestras, including the Aspen Concert Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Myers is an Associate Professor of Music at Howard Community College where he has taught for eleven years, and is also on the music faculty of Goucher College. He has a vivid imagination and thinks that he is also Professor of Music at Hogwarts. Visit his website at www.benjaminmyers.net
Contact Dr. Myers at email@example.com