Benjamin has been appointed Associate Director of The Hanover Band, following a number of years as regular guest conductor and director of this esteemed period instrument ensemble. He will be undertaking a Beethoven Symphony cycle with them in the future, amongst other projects.
Benjamin is thrilled to be joining Parnassus Arts Productions in Vienna for general management. Benjamin will be represented by Georg Lang at Parnassus. Meanwhile Stage Door will continue to represent Benjamin in Italy.
Benjamin will make his debut with the Orchestra G.Rossini in Pesaro, conducting a concert with the acclaimed mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus as soloist. Organised by the Fondazione Rossini, the program explores the tradition of "La Gran Scena" and features music by Rossini, Generali and Mayr.
Following the enormous success in February 2016 of Benjamin’s debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - directing all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and playing the fiendishly difficult solo harpsichord part of the fifth - he has been invited back this season to direct a special performance of Purcell’s timeless opera Dido & Aeneas.
At extremely short notice, Benjamin will jump in to conduct the opening concert of the Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino’s season. The programme features Poulenc’s glorious “Sinfonietta”, his enchanting “Babar the Elephant”, and the world premiere of François Narboni’s sequel to the same story, “Il viaggio di Babar”. The concert will take place at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Torino.
Benjamin returns once more to Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias for two concerts: at Teatro Jovellanos in Gijón and Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo for Schubert’s monumental Symphony no.9, the “Great’. The programme also includes Mozart’s evergreen Clarinet Concerto, with the orchestra’s principal clarinettist Andreas Weisgerber as soloist.
Formerly “orchestra seventeen88”, Benjamin is the co-Founder and Principal Guest Conductor of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, who specialise in 18th and 19th century music on period instruments. He will return to Sydney and Melbourne in March 2017 to lead them in concerts featuring music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Benjamin returns to conduct the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and Chór NFM (previously known as the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir) in the Ensembles' 10th anniversary concert at the impressive National Forum of Music. The programme includes Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia and two fantastic, celebratory Bach Cantatas.