Ben receives 2011 Maryland State Arts Council Grant, Top Prize in International Concerto Competition
Some good news: I was one of a handful of artists and musicians to receive a $1,000 MSAC Individual Artists Award, which will go towards the recording of my next solo CD. More news on that soon!
Also, I’m happy to announce my most recent competition award at the Schadt Concerto Competition in Allentown, PA – I won second prize and the Audience Choice award. Judged by Sergio Assad, William Kanengiser, and Diane Wittry, March 4-6 2011, this was a fantastic competition with a very high level of guitarists, and I was privileged and humbled to be a part of the whole experience. The weekend started out with myself and Gohar Vardanyan giving a radio interview alongside Allentown Symphony Orchestra conductor Diane Wittry for WDIY, the public radio station serving Allentown, PA and the greater Lehigh Valley. Below you can listen to the entire interview, as well as view an album of photos taken after the finals of the competition. Congratulations to all the semi-finalists, as well as Petrit Ceku, 1st prize, and Silviu Ciulei, 3rd prize!
And now I go into Duo Transatlantique mode for our Spring 2011 Tour in France and the USA! Please visit my calendar for our tour dates if you’d like to see us!
Wishing you a happy Spring,