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, the rags of Scott Joplin, improvised pieces with musicians in India, or his own compositions and arrangements, he is the quintessence of the modern musician, open to any great musical idea. His Duo Transatlantique with the virtuosic French guitarist Maud Laforest has established his young career on two continents already with performances in England and France as well as North America.