Benjamin Beckman - Young Composer


Composer, pianist, and hornist Benjamin Beckman, age 17, is a high school junior at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. Ben has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for seven years, studying piano, horn, and composition. Ben has studied piano most notably under William Chapman-Nyaho and Sergio Ruiz, and has played in master classes for Winston Choi, Robert Weirich, and Dennis Alexander.  He has also studied horn notably with Bruce Henniss and Brad Gemeinhardt, and currently studies with Annie Bosler. He has studied composition with Christopher Wong, Carrie Magin, Sarah Gibson, and Andrew Norman. In 2015, Ben took second place Interlochen's Intermediate division concerto competition and in 2017 won Interlochen's Horn Institute solo competition. That same summer, he played as principal with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Ben has had his works frequently performed by his school symphony. He was a finalist in the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Competition with his piece ‘Prayer’, recorded by the members of the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet program. Ben is a YoungArts Winner in 2017, and in 2017 won first place in the University of Miami’s Frost Composition Competition (high school division). He is a member of the LA Phil’s Associate Composer Program Class of 2017 and their Composer Fellowship Program Class of 2018. Ben is a member of his school symphony and chamber singers and played principal horn in the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra for three seasons. Ben is a frequent member of honor bands around Los Angeles, such as those of CAIS and SCSBOA. Ben is a registered ASCAP composer, and is self-published under his company BlueCircle Press. When not playing or writing music, Ben enjoys running cross country and spending time with friends and family.