Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ben Goldscheider

2 October 2019

The 2016 BBC Young Musician competition (reviewed here in May 2016) felt like one of the best ever, with a concerto final at The Barbican in London that featured saxophonist Jess Gillam and ‘cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. The third finalist was the horn player Ben Goldscheider who played the 'Concerto No 2' by Richard Strauss. Ben Goldscheider went on to study at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and is making a name for himself as a soloist around the world, having played at the BBC Proms and the Berlin Philharmonie. He has benefited from taking part in many young musician competitions in addition to BBC Young Musician, but the only competition in which he won the overall prize was the 2013 Toddington Young Musician of the Year, organised by Toddington Music Society. Last Saturday Ben Goldscheider returned to the Bedfordshire village of Toddington to thank Toddington Music Society for their help in setting him on the ladder to a professional career by performing a recital with the pianist Richard Uttley. They played pieces by Beethoven, Dukas, Tchaikovsky, Hindemith and Richard Strauss. It was great to see Ben play: his technique is amazing and he makes a lovely sound. I was ready and waiting in case he fell ill and they might need to ask if there was a horn player in the audience – but it was probably better for everyone that Ben made it safely through the concert!

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