Early on, Benjamin aspired to become a concert pianist but ultimately gravitated towards expressing himself through the art of improvisation and composition. The technique and vocabulary obtained from studying Bach, Chopin, Debussy and the classics enabled Ben’s musical trajectory. Ben’s early mentors made sure to also instill in him the importance of being a well rounded, modern musician. He learned to play jazz, blues, pop, and also studied music theory, orchestration, arranging, music production and tech. This versatile, early education led Ben to studying jazz performance and composition at The New School in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Transcribing jazz greats like Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and also intensively studying rhythm and World music gave Ben an even deeper palate of colors to bring with him on his journey.
After the New School, Ben spent a decade in Boston growing personally, musically and professionally, also investing in his studio. He made his living during those years as a session & touring keyboard player, arranger, producer, composer for advertisements and other odd jobs as a player and writer. Highlights included playing & writing for Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen's band, touring with Jordan Knight, Sony Jazz Artist Robin McKelle, the late great drum legend John Blackwell Jr., and producing an album for funk prodigy Alissia.
In 2010 Ben had his first experience composing a short orchestral score to picture and was instantly hooked. His knowledge of and passion for the music of Debussy, Holst, Prokofiev and the scores of Alan Silvestri, John Williams, Danny Elfman, and James Horner all became applicable. Although Ben continued to work in other areas of music for the next five years he knew the art of film scoring was something he must learn and ultimately pursue as a career.
In mid 2015, Ben was one of 12 composers worldwide to be accepted into the prestigious ASCAP LA Film Scoring Workshop. He moved to Los Angeles shortly after, quickly and successfully making the transition to a career composing for film & TV projects. Ben currently lives in Sherman Oaks and works out of his studio StorySound Productions located in North Hollywood.
Benjamin brings his passion, musicality, versatility, tech-savvy and team spirit to each project. His style is marked by melodicism, tight work to picture and story, colorful and varied timbres, musical integrity and high production value.