Benjamin Anderson grew up in Melbourne and began playing tenor trombone in high school before moving on to bass trombone in his first year of university. He holds both Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, where he lived for two years, and completed a year of the professional performance program at the Australian National Academy of Music. Ben has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, and the Singapore, Melbourne, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and has played solo recitals in Singapore and New York. He has been the recipient of the Frank Barzyck Prize, the Donald William Thornton Bequest, a Global Atelier Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship. Ben is also an avid performer of contemporary classical music, exemplified in his role as one half of Ossicle Duo, an experimental trombone and percussion ensemble. He would love to perform Brett Dean’s opera Bliss one day.
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In his spare time Ben loves to cook: his current obsession is with perfecting sourdough bread.