Benjamin Hart began playing violin at age 5 in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster in January, 2013. He is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN. Previously, he was a member of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Benjamin earned a Master’s in Music from Indiana University in 2012, where he studied with Alexander Kerr. He received a Bachelors degree with honors from Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Christian Teal. His early studies were with Rebecca Markowski, Dr. Richard Kent Perry, and John McGrosso. As a chamber musician, Benjamin has appeared across the US and Europe with the Ars Nova String Quartet. The group was founded at Vanderbilt University in 2008. In 2011, the quartet participated in the Advanced Quartet Studies program at the Aspen Music Festival, studying with members of the Emerson, Takács, Juilliard, Cleveland, Concord, and American String Quartets. They also participated in the inaugural Robert Mann String Quartet Program at the Manhattan School of Music in 2012. Benjamin has spent summers at the Innsbrook Institute, Kent Blossom Festival, Britt Festival, and Vanderbilt Academie in Aix en Provence, France. He has also received recognition as a composer/arranger. Benjamin teaches violin students of all ages and abilities. He is a registered Suzuki teacher, and maintains a small private studio. He resides with his wife and daughters in Metairie, LA.
Benjamin Hart explains why Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of his favorite pieces.