Ben Goldscheider 

 Ben
Goldscheider 

BIO

Described as a musical Bear Grylls (Huffington Post, May 2016), Ben has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation.

At the age of eighteen, Ben Goldscheider reached the Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, where he performed at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has performed at venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre and London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he made his BBC Proms Debut in 2018. He has also appeared as soloist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. In 2018, Ben released his debut album with Willowhayne Records to critical acclaim, and was selected both as BBC Music Magazine’s “Rising Star” and Gramophone Magazine’s “One to Watch”.

This season, Ben makes concerto debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Prague Philharmonia.  In February he returns to the Berlin Philarmonie to perform the Gliere Horn Concerto with das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin conducted by Radek Baborák. A committed chamber musician, Ben has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall with tenor Julian Prégardien and pianist Christoph Schnackertz, the Pierre Boulez Saal alongside Daniel Barenboim and Michael Barenboim and the Verbier Festival with Sergei Babayan. Future highlights include the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and Trio concerts with Callum Smart (violin) and Richard Uttley (piano) across the UK, featuring the premiere of a new work by Geoffrey Gordon in London. Sought-after as an orchestral player, he has performed as guest with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonia, English Chamber, West-Eastern Divan Orchestras and in 2018, played the solo horn call from Wagner’s Siegfried in a semi-staged production with The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder.

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Goldscheider becoming a musical Bear Grylls, you find yourself with him every step of the way

James Murphy

Huffington Post

This season, Ben makes concerto debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Prague Philharmonia.  In February he returns to the Berlin Philarmonie to perform the Gliere Horn Concerto with das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin conducted by Radek Baborák.

Ben is the only student of Radek Baborák at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, following studies with Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He has been invited to participate in the International Music Academy for Soloists (Bückeburg Palace, Germany) and the International Summer Academy for Wind Soloists (Payerbach, Austria).

Prizes include the 2016 Philip Jones Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition and the Cox Memorial Prize and Audience Prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. In 2012, Ben was the youngest participant in the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy, and as principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he was awarded the John Fletcher Brass Prize for his contribution to the orchestra.

Ben has performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, and was recently interviewed for a special feature in the Mail on Sunday. He also featured in a BBC documentary following the exceptional careers of the 2016 BBC Young Musician finalists. Ben is grateful for guidance and advice from Young Classical Artists Trust, and for awards from the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians, Awards for Young Musicians, June Emerson Wind Music and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.

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He makes the horn proud, he makes it sincere, noble…he makes it all the colours you would want and more from any instrument

Mark Wigglesworth

Conductor-BBC Young Musician Final

NEWS

Gramaphone Magazine “One to Watch”

Ben Goldscheider is the only student of the great Czech Horn player Radek Baborak at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. The son of professional string players, Goldscheider started to learn the cello, but turned to French horn when he was diagnosed with the lung condition Bronchiectasis at the age of six, as a way of strengthening his lungs. Progress was rapid, and at the age of 18 he won the brass category of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016, the year that cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason ultimately triumphed.

Goldscheider’s competition programme included works that he has now recorded for his debut disc, released by Willowhayne Records and reviewed on page 62, not least Esa-Pekka Salonen’s extraordinary Concert Etude for solo horn, which demonstrates the sheer range of sound and the athleticism the instrument is capable of. As well as contemporary solo pieces-bold choices for any debut disc-Goldscheider is joined by pianist Daniel Hill in worms by Schumann, York Bowen, Krufft and Kirchner.

As Goldscheider puts it, his intention is “to capture the development of the horn as it grew from its natural state with no valves, to the full double chromatic horn today”, and this debut album showcases the music’s resulting increase in virtuosity.

Such an exploratory personality, as well as musical maturity and technical ease, bodes well for Goldscheider’s development. We’ll be hearing a lot more of him.

BBC Music Magazine, RISING STAR

Ben chosen as BBC Music Magazine “RISING STAR”

1.Where were you born?

London, United Kingdom.

2.What has been the highlight of your career so far?

To choose one is simply too difficult and also a shame so therefore I will have to be difficult and choose two. Being involved throughout the entire process of BBC Young Musician was just remarkable and to get to the final and experience that atmosphere was really astounding. Also my debut in the Philarmonie Berlin was an experience I will never forget.  To play to a sold out hall as iconic as that was a dream come true.

3.Who is your musical hero?

Daniel Barenboim. What he has managed to achieve and experience in his life of music is quite remarkable and I think he really sets the benchmark for what is possible both artistically and culturally in the context of being a musician.  For me, he really shows an unrivalled passion for his art and it’s incredibly inspiring.

4.What would be your dream concert?

I think without a shadow of a doubt to commission a concerto at the BBC Proms. I have such a passion for promoting the horn as a solo instrument, with a particular focus for new music that that would really be the pinnacle of everything I want to do.

 

Review-Penderecki Horn Concerto

“Goldscheider is an absolute magician of the instrument, producing a range of techniques for which the word challenging is an understatement”

Read the full review from the Cambridge Independent HERE

Review-Britten Sinfonia

“Salonen’s 2000 Concert étude for solo French horn, a homage to his teacher, Holger Fransman, offered an equally refreshing opening to the second half, not least given the outstanding, indeed mesmeric quality of Ben Goldscheider’s performance. It acted here almost like a wordless second introit, Messiaen heard from another, related world. The twin requirements of a single line and, at times, multiple voices (various extended techniques, including singing a line in addition to that played) were handled beautifully and, more to the point, meaningfully.”

Read the full review HERE

BBC Radio 3 In Tune

On the 21st February 2018, Ben chatted with Katie Derham on the BBC Radio 3 In Tune Programme. Click the link below to hear his interview plus a performance of music by Beethoven, Strauss and York Bowen.

LISTEN HERE

26 days left to listen at the date of publication 24/02/18

Interview-Presto Classical

“When it comes to horn repertoire, one would be shooting themselves in the foot if they started to get picky!”

Read the full interview concerning Ben’s Debut album, horn repertoire and future plans HERE

Review-Planet Hugill

“This is a very striking debut, Goldscheider plays with remarkable technical facility but more importantly a maturity which brings a nice depth to the Romantic repertoire. It is also a well put-together and rather fascinating progamme.”

Read the full review HERE

Verbier Festival 2018

This summer, Ben will make his first appearance at the Verbier Festival with Sergei Babayan and others to perform the Dohnanyi Sextet.

More information available here : INFO

Recording of the month: Voix-des-Arts

In January 2018, voix-des-Arts named Ben Goldscheider’s “Debut” as their recording of the month.

“A musician whose credentials belie his youth, Goldscheider proclaims with this impressively-engineered, absorbing Willowhayne Records release that he is poised to honor Brain’s legacy with his own once-in-a-generation artistry.”

Read the full review here: REVIEW

SCHEDULE

22/08/2018

KKL Luzern, Switzerland

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim

30/08/2018

Alderney Chamber Music Festival, Island Hall

Beethoven, Horn Sonata in F Major

Brahms, Horn Trio in Eb Major

Louisa Staples (violin) and Giuseppe Guarrera (piano)

01/09/2018

Alderney Chamber Music Festival, St Anne’s Church

Mozart, Horn Quintet in Eb Major
Samuel Staples, Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, Sáo Soulez-Larivière,  Nora Braun

06/09/2018

Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Brahms, Horn Trio in Eb Major

Clara-Jumi Kang (violin), Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

07/09/2018

Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Schumann, Adagio and Allegro in Ab Major, opus. 70

Giuseppe Guarrera (piano)

07/09/2018

Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Beethoven, Septet in Eb Major, opus. 20

Anton Barakhovsky – Violin, Ori Kam – Viola, Michal Korman – Cello, Pascal Moraguès – Clarinet, Klaus Thunemann – Bassoon, Ben Goldscheider – Horn, Uri Arbel – Double Bass

15/09/2018

Czech Republic, Location TBC

Haydn, Vivaldi and Telemann Double Horn Concertos
Radek Baborak,Czech Sinfonietta

19/10/2018 7:30pm

Bradford Cathedral

Beethoven and Brahms
Richard Uttley (piano) and Callum Smart (violin)

20/10/2018 7:30pm

Royal Hall, Harrogate, UK

Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 4
Brain Kay (Conductor)

Manchester Camerata

21/10/2018 7:30pm

Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Wales

Beethoven and Brahms
Richard Uttley (piano) and Callum Smart (violin)

05/09/2018

Chicago Symphony Centre, Chicago, USA

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5

Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

07/09/2018

The Kennedy Center, Washington, USA

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5

Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

08/09/2018

Carnegie Hall, New York, USA

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5

Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

10/09/2018

Zellerbach Hall, Berkely, USA

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5

Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

11/09/2018

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5

Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

18/11/2018 4pm

Reading Concert Hall, Reading, UK

R. Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2

Henley Symphony Orchestra

24/11/2018

St Mary’s Church, Hitchin

R.Strauss, Horn Concerto No.2
Hitchin Symphony Orchestra

25/11/2018

Burford Church

W.A Mozart, Horn Concerto No.4
Burford Singers

22/12/2018

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

R.Strauss, Horn Concerto No.1
Jonathan Heyward (conductor), Halle Youth Orchestra

03/02/2019

Conway Hall, London

Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Gordon “Premiere”
Richard Uttley, Piano

Callum Smart, Violin

04/02/2019

Luton Library Theatre

Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Gordon “premiere”
Richard Uttley, Piano

Callum Smart, Violin

24/02/2019

Philarmonie, Berlin, Germany

R. Gliere Horn Concerto
Radek Baborak, conductor

Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin

 

02/03/2019

Boulez Saal, Berlin, Germany

Night of the Horns!

 

10/03/2019

Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague

FRANZ ANTON RÖSSLER-ROSETTI Concerto for 2 Horns and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major

CARL HEINRICH HÜBLER Concert Piece for 4 Horns and Orchestra
Radek Baborak, horn/conductor, Kateřina Javůrková, Mikuláš Koska

Prague Philarmonia

 

16/03/2019

Cadogan Hall, London

Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Jessica Cottis (conductor), Ben Johnson (tenor)

English Chamber Orchestra

 

http://www.cadoganhall.com/whats-on/2019/03/16

23/03/2019 7:30pm

Oaklands School Hall, Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK

Weber-Horn Concerto in E Minor
Havant Symphony Orchestra

 

22/06/2019

 

Horn and Piano Recital
Hertfordshire Music Festival

 

The Debut recording

“Debut”-Worldwide Release on the 2nd February 2018

In February 2018, BBC Young Musician Grand Finalist Ben Goldscheider will release his first recording on Willowhayne Records. Aptly entitled Debut, the album will take listeners on a journey through the musical development of the horn through a selection of pieces from the classical, romantic, early and late twentieth century and the 21st century. It will be available on Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify among other streaming services.

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Quotes

Goldscheider becoming a musical Bear Grylls, fearlessly leaping through its dangerous terrain. You find yourself with him every step of the way.

James Murphy

Huffington Post

“The audience were treated to a remarkable display of horn pyrotechnics and uncompromising technique”

Martin Leadbetter

Rotary International

The Strauss was exquisite…simply beautiful

Richard Sisson

Radio 3

To put it mildly, this is a heck of a debut recital. Young Goldscheider shows off almost everything he can do, and he can do an awful lot.

Lynn René Bayley

Art Music Lounge USA

The emergence of Hertfordshire-born horn virtuoso Ben Goldscheider is therefore all the more exciting. A musician whose credentials belie his youth, Goldscheider proclaims with this impressively-engineered, absorbing Willowhayne Records release that he is poised to honor Brain’s legacy with his own once-in-a-generation artistry.

Joseph Newsome

Voix-des-Arts

“Goldscheider…produced a lordly swooning tone in a sinuous work of immense difficulty.”

BBC Young Musician Final 2016

Arts Desk

“Phrasings emerged supremely well articulated; the notes’ golden flow never stopped”

BBC Young Musician Final 2016

Geoff Brown, The Times

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Photographer: Frank Jerke