Described as a “brilliant young classical guitarist” by the D.C. Examiner, Benjamin Beirs brings new life to a timeless classical instrument. Trained at Peabody Conservatory by Julian Gray, he has among other things performed a concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic and appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A performer, teacher and composer, you can find him almost anywhere from the concert stage to an elementary school, playing to a most diverse and appreciative audience.
Whether he is performing the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto in D major with “intense musicality,” (Julia Crowe, Mel Bay Guitar Sessions) the rags of Scott Joplin, improvised pieces with musicians in India, or his own compositions, Benjamin Beirs is the quintessence of the modern musician, open to any great musical idea.
He is the recipient of numerous prizes from international guitar competitions:
1st prize in the 2007 National Guitar Workshop Competition, 1st prize in the 2008 Appalachian GuitarFest Competition, and 1st prize in the 2010 University of Texas at Dallas Guitar Competition. Beirs also has been in a finalist in major concerto competitions, including the 2008 Schadt Concerto Competition (2nd prize) and the 2008 Joann Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (3rd prize).
Currently, Mr. Beirs lives in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches guitar at the Peabody Preparatory and regularly performs throughout the region.
In addition to teaching and performing, he frequently performs outreach in various settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.
He also enjoys performing at meditation retreats throughout the country with renowned meditation teacher and author Lama Surya Das. “When he started meditating, he wanted to give up guitar because he found everything he’d been searching for in meditation. Thankfully for the audience, his parents and teachers convinced him to continue with his music.” (Joan Mooney, DC Examiner)