Now solo-viola of the Munich Opera Orchestra (Bayerisches Staatsorchester), Benjamin Beck studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) in the class of Jean Sulem, before attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian. Back in Europe, he attended an Artist Diploma at the CNSM in Paris and played as an academist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin. He also obtained a musicology bachelor degree from La Sorbonne university in Paris.
During his first participation in an international competition, Benjamin won in Llanès (Spain) both first and special prizes. He got numerous other prices and awards in different competitions, including the strings competition of Epernay, the Forbesfest Competition in Saint Andrew, or the Beethoven Hradec Competition in Czech Republic.
In addition to his orchestral career, Benjamin regularly performs as a soloist in France as well as in Germany, and in recital or chamber music in the most beautiful rooms of the world, from the Salle Pleyel in Paris, to the Yomiuri Hall in Tokyo, the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, or the Jordan Hall in Boston, where he shares the stage with the most inspiring artists of our time, such as Christian Tetzlaff, Kim Kashkashian, the Wanderer trio or Peter Frankl.
Diversifying his musical experiences, Benjamin practices early music, arrangement, jazz or Gregorian chant, and leads several projects, especially around the theme of viola and voice. He so recorded his first solo CD in 2015 with the support of the Meyer Foundation, “Les voix de l’alto”, after having also recorded his transcription of Schubert’s Winterreise for viola, harp and reciter for an e-label as well as a CD of Jean Françaix works with the Pessoa Quintett for the label suoni e colori.
Fascinated by contemporary music, Benjamin always gives it a privileged place in his recitals and recordings; he also actively works with the composers of today. He meets Pierre Boulez, and participates in the world premieres of the composers Miroslav Srnka, Aurélien Dumont, Giovanni Bertelli, Alireza Farhang or Ke Xu. Rikako Watanabe and Huges Leclair dedicated him each a piece for viola and piano, which he premiered in America.
Benjamin plays on a fantastic viola of Johannes Baptista Genova of 1771 loaned by his orchestra.