Personal Chair in Violin
Benedict Holland studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni.
As a chamber musician he was a founder member of the Matisse Piano Quartet and the Music Group of Manchester, broadcasting regularly for the BBC and undertaking British Council tours. He is a member of the Pleyel Ensemble and (with RNCM friends Catherine Yates, Susie Meszaros and Jennifer Langridge) of the newly formed Victoria Quartet. An experienced orchestral leader, he has been a guest with many of the country’s major orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Orchestra of Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Throughout his performing career, Ben has been a champion of contemporary music and of working with living composers and in 2010 he was delighted to become violinist in the acclaimed contemporary ensemble, Psappha. Since joining Psappha, personal highlights have included collaborations with John Casken and Peter Maxwell Davies, taking Klas Torstensson’s Violin Concerto to a two-week residency at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, premiering Mark Simpson’s chamber opera “Pleasure” for Opera North and Covent Garden, Psappha’s 25th anniversary tour with the Hebrides Ensemble, and a tour to Israel of Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King“.
Ben has been the Leader of Sinfonia ViVa since 2001 and the Orchestra’s Artistic Advisor since 2006, appearing as both director and soloist. Recent solo appearances have been in concertos by Weill, Arnold, Vaughan-Williams, Mozart and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, including his performance of Mozart’s A major concerto with the Orchestra, which was recently broadcast on Classic FM.
Ben has classes at the Royal Northern College of Music (where he was awarded a professorship in violin in June 2016) and Chetham’s School of Music and undertakes consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. From September 2017 will also teach a small class of talented young musicians at the Junior RNCM.
He plays on a rare violin by Rogeri, c.1710.