Ben Socrates is a classically trained young pianist whose expertise and interests have seen him perform around the world, sought after in the concert hall and in fields as diverse as contemporary improvisation, jazz and interdisciplinary art. Ben read music at The University of Chichester and was subsequently offered a scholarship for a Masters in piano performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As a student Ben was the recipient of numerous awards, winning the Clifford Benson and Robert Headley competitions for solo performance, the University of Chichester Concerto Competition, the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Prize, and the Founders Prize for Accompaniment.
Since graduating in 2012 Ben has performed throughout the world, in concert tours with the International Piano Duo featuring Matthieu Esnult (www.esnult.com) – over forty cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In London, where he is based, Ben is in regular demand as a recitalist, accompanist and a collaborative pianist – working with emerging and established composers, theatre, ballet and contemporary dance companies, choral and opera societies, installation artists, musicians and ensembles, and educational projects.
Ben is a strong advocate of contemporary music, composition and improvisation. He was invited to give a masterclass and recital on modern piano repertoire at the Piano Showcase at Sevenoaks School, in 2012. That year he worked with Soosan Lolavar to write and premiere the prize winning ‘Black Dog’, for improvised piano and electronics. He also wrote Field Song, for a massive interdisciplinary art installation, which won the Ideas Tap Innovators Award and was exhibited at the BBC Radio 4 More Than Words Festival 2012. This year, Ben raised almost £1400 for the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders charity, leading to the recording of the improvised album of piano pieces ‘Faucet Thoughts’, to be released soon.
Ben’s curiosity and joy for music is evident in every performance, his eclectic repertoire choices and the way he communicates music to an audience. He is passionate about the importance of access to music for young people, and was this year invited to perform and talk on the subject at the Annual Presentation Evening of his former school, Pilton Community College.
Ben’s work is generously supported by the Osbourne Charitable Trust, The Dartington Hall Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The South Square Trust, The Funtington Music Group and the Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust.
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