Benedict Holland

Personal Chair in Violin


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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, recording regularly for the BBC and undertaking British Council tours.  He is a founder member of the Victoria String Quartet, with RNCM colleagues Kim Becker and Jennifer Langridge and the violinist in Psappha, the University of Manchester’s Ensemble in Association.  An experienced orchestral leader, he has been guest leader of many of the country’s major orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra, 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 invited to join Psappha, the acclaimed contemporary ensemble. Since joining personal highlights have included collaborations with Mark-Anthony Turnage 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, and a tour to Israel of Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King“.

Ben has classes at the Royal Northern College of Music (where he was awarded a professorship in violin in 2016) and Chetham’s School of Music, and undertakes consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at conservatoires throughout the UK.  Since September 2017 he also teaches a small class of talented young musicians at the Junior RNCM.

He plays on a rare violin by Rogeri, c.1710.