Dr. Benjamin Myers, violoncello, Director of Chamber Music, Coordinator of String Studies
Howard Community College’s Benjamin Myers is a member of the renowned Gemini Piano Trio. Emotional power, sparkling technique, and a burnished tone are the qualities that have made him 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." Myers has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in major halls in America and Europe. The stage of Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) is familiar to him, as he has given three solo and chamber concerts there under the auspices of the LaGesse Foundation.
As a member of the Gemini Piano Trio, one of the few professional family chamber groups on the concert circuit today, Ben has recorded two critically-acclaimed CDs. The American Record Guide praised the trio’s playing saying, "There is an admirable balance between confidence, polished technique, and impulsive, romantic ardor in this performance."
Benjamin 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 has studied with the premiere artist/teachers of our time, including David Finckel of the Emerson Quartet, and soloists David Wells and Colin Carr. He has also played in master classes for cellists such as Steven Doane and Yo-Yo Ma.
Dr. Myers was selected as HCC’s 2003-2004 Arts and Humanities Division Outstanding Full-time Faculty. His has greatly enjoyed his duties here which have included directing the two ensembles which he created, cello ensemble, and string orchestra, giving private lessons, and teaching courses such as Music Theory 1-4 and Music Appreciation. Myers has had great success with his students, many of whom have gone on to some of the finest conservatories in the nation, including Mannes, the Peabody Institute, and UMCP School of Music.