"...dazzlingly good chamber ensemble…
exuberantly expressive, intimate style…
gorgeously idiomatic playing’
The Times
Benjamin Roskams
violin/viola

Benjamin Roskams began playing the violin at the age of nine in Cardiff where he studied with Harry Cawood before going on to win a scholarship to study with Lydia Mordkovitch and Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded B-Mus.Hons (1st class). Benjamin continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno as a scholarship holder and then with Professor Ilya Grubert at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, also seeking inspiration from Ivry Gitlis in Paris.
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A keen chamber musician Benjamin has collaborated with many leading ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet, the London Conchord Ensemble and London International Players making his debuts at the Berliner Philharmonie, St John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall.

Equally at home on the viola, he is a member of one of Europe?s leading chamber groups, the London Conchord Ensemble and the award winning Artea Quartet, having performed at venues such as the Conway Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall as well as appearances on BBC radio 3 ?In Tune? and a chamber music prom concert broadcast from the V&A on the BBC. The Artea quartet recently recorded a disc of late Schubert as well as participating in a highly acclaimed CD box set featuring the complete quartets of Mendelssohn for Champs Hill Records. Other collaborations have led to recording the Korngold sextet for South African label TwoPianists Records.

As an experienced orchestral musician he has led the Dutch National Ballet as well as acting as guest deputy concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Holland Symfonia. In the UK he works regularly with the LSO, LPO (most recently as guest principal viola) and Philharmonia Orchestra as well as being a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1st violin section.

Benjamin is an assistant professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

He is a keen collector of violin bows and is indebted to Albert Cooper's family for the generous loan of the c.1720 Joseph filius Andrea Guarneri violin on which he plays.

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