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Benjamin Wensel



Biography

Hailing from Rochester, New York, cellist Benjamin Wensel earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, Ben served as assistant to renowned pedagogue Alan Harris. Equally important to his musical education were performances in seminars and master classes for members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami, and Ying quartets, chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and members of the Audubon and Cavani Quartets, and solo master classes with Clemens Michael Hagen, Steven Isserlis, David Soyer, and Michel Strauss. Ben has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and has been a member of The U.S. Army Orchestra, Strolling Strings, and String Quartet since 2003. Dedicated to the creation and promotion of new music, Ben performed the world premieres of more than twenty works written by established and emerging American composers as a member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble. He also participated in the ensemble’s residencies at Princeton University, Stetson University, and the University of South Florida. Prior to his military service, Ben taught chamber music and maintained a private studio at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, where he was also cellist of the Hochstein String Quartet. Fortunate to have many avenues to pursue chamber music in the artistically rich National Capital area, Ben performs with the LeDroit Chamber Players and is the cellist of the Piano Trio-in-Residence of the National Gallery of Art. Ben lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Christina, and their children, Juniper, Ellis, and Willa.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/4/2019: The Juliet Letters: Neil Ewachiw and the Mellifera Quartet

Versatile vocalist Neil Ewachiw joins the Mellifera Quartet for a performance of The Juliet Letters. The dramatic song cycle, portraying imagined correspondence of Juliet Capulet, is the result of the 1992 collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet.

Sept 4 - Ben Wensel