Bio

ABT_9.1.2016_7482 croppedBenjamin Krause is a composer and pianist. His works are widely performed across the U.S. as well as internationally, including premieres at Brevard Music Festival (Brevard, NC), the Stamford International Music Festival (Stamford, UK) and at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, where he was awarded the Prix Marion Tournon Branly. His work "Pathways" for chamber orchestra won the inaugural Houston Symphony Young Composer Competition and was performed by the HSO on three concerts in September 2016. Recently his works have been featured on concert tours of Brazil, Hawaii, California, and Oregon. He was a 2011-2012 Young Artist of Da Camera of Houston and was the recipient of a 2012 Presser Award. He scored Timothy Lanzone’s feature film Travelling Salesman (2011), which was an “official selection” 2012 New York International Film Festival and won Best Picture at the 2012 Silicon Valley Film Festival. It is currently being shown at festivals around the world, including Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across the United States. As a pianist, he has premiered over forty new works, appearing with such organizations as Da Camera of Houston, Opera Vista (Houston), the Syzygy new music series at Rice, and with the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (Eugene), Classical Revolution PDX (Portland), and 20/21 Ensemble (Rice University). He recently performed Pierre Jalbert's The Invention of the Saxophone with PRISM Quartet member Timothy McAllister and appeared as a pianist on composer Stephen Yip's album Dark Side of the Shadows (Ablaze Records, 2014). He holds composition degrees from Rice University (D.M.A.) and the University of Oregon (M.M.). He is current Visiting Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, where he teaches composition, theory, orchestration, and jazz combo. Upcoming projects include commissions for The Network for Music (Philadelphia), for saxophonist Stacy Maugans, and a large-scale work for the Delgani String Quartet, with support from an Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights grant.