Benjamin Rosenthal, violin

Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine

Meet Benjamin

Benjamin appears on Show 447.

Benjamin Rosenthal (violin), 15, a proud native of Damariscotta, Maine, has been playing violin for 12 years. Currently a junior in high school, Benjamin is currently a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Boston, MA, led by Maestro Benjamin Zander, and currently studies violin under the tutelage of Lynn Chang at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston.

An accomplished musician, Benjamin was the recipient of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School’s 2023 Glenn Jenks Future in Music Prize, the First Prize Annas-Cup at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 High School Concerto Competition, finalist recognition in Category B of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School’s Concerto Competition, and recognition in NYO2 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Not limited to violin performance, Benjamin has been named one of three winners in ensemble composition at the 2022 National Young Composer’s Challenge as well as the winner in Category A at Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s 2020 Young Composers Festival and Competition for his work in music composition. Comprising extensive chamber music experience, Benjamin has studied at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT, and had the honor of being selected for the DaPonte String Quartet’s competitive “Honors Quartet Program,” in which he had the opportunity of studying under their tutelage in an immersive year-long chamber music program combining intensive weekly coachings with performance and networking opportunities in the school years of both 2022 and 2023.

Outside of music, Benjamin’s interests have led him to develop a passion in culinary endeavors, cultivating experience in cooking, particularly in Mediterranean cuisine. Additional hobbies of his include both classic shoe collecting and tennis, as he currently plays for the varsity team at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, ME.

Listen to Benjamin

Show 447
Baal Shem, B.47 - II. Nigun by Ernst Bloch (1885-1977)