A native of Boston, MA, violinist Benjamin Carson has performed with ensembles across New England. He is a member of the Cape Symphony and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, and often performs with BMOP, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Mr. Carson was personally selected to be concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in 2016 by Matthias Pintscher after collaborating together on Pierre Boulez’s …explosante-fixe… He has performed across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, and has led numerous orchestras under conductors such as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Andres Nelsons, Joseph Silverstein, Alan Gilbert, Robert Spano, Stephan Denève, Jeannette Sorrell, and Susana Malki.
As a music educator, he teaches privately out of his own studio and works as the violin teaching artist at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Durring his tenure with the New World Symphony, Mr. Carson regularly taught lessons and sectionals at Miami Beach Senior High School and the Ruth K. Broad K-8 Center. He was also selected to travel to Colombia for a Medellín exchange program with the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, where he taught lessons, coached masterclasses, chamber groups, and orchestral sectionals with students studying at the conservatory. Mr. Carson’s pedagogue instructors include Stacia Spencer, Mimi Zweig, and Magdalena Richter.
Mr. Carson was a former fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. He has attended numerous summer festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Northwestern University studying with Almita Vamos and his Masters in Music from New England Conservatory studying with Malcolm Lowe.