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 currently a member of virtuoso ensemble I Musicanti and of the Victoria String Quartet whose acclaimed début concert took place in 2017. As 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 and was leader and Artistic Advisor of chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Vivia from 2001-2019.
Ben has always been a champion of contemporary music and of working with living composers and has been contemporary ensemble, Psappha’s violinist (and occasional violist) since 2010. Highlights with Psappha have included working with the late Sir 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, and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Black Milk.
Ben has always put teaching at the heart of his work, at the RNCM where he was awarded a professorship in 2016. He also teaches a class of talented young violinists at the Junior RNCM gives consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires and professional development lessons and classes for professionals throughout the UK.