Benedict Holland studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and was subsequently a prize winner at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied 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, recording, and undertaking British Council tours. He is a member of the newly-formed Victoria String Quartet whose acclaimed début concert took place in 2017. Also an experienced orchestral leader, he has guest-led many of the UK’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 BBC Philharmonic.
Ben has always been a champion of contemporary music and of working with living composers (eg Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, Anna Meredith, Duncan Ward), so he was thrilled to become Psappha’s violinist in 2010. Personal highlights with Psappha include collaborations with John Casken and Peter Maxwell Davies, taking Klas Torstensson’s Violin Concerto to a two-week residency at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, premiering Mark Simpson’s chamber opera Pleasure, and a tour to Israel of Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King.
Ben has been the leader of chamber orchestra Sinfonia ViVa since 2001 and the orchestra’s Artistic Advisor since 2006, appearing as both director and soloist. Recent solo appearances include works by Beethoven and Schubert, and a performance of Mozart’s A major concerto, broadcast on Classic FM.
Ben teaches at the RNCM, where he was awarded a professorship in 2016, Junior RNCM, and Chetham’s School of Music. He gives consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires and professional development classes for string teachers throughout the UK.
He plays on a rare violin by Rogeri, c.1710.