Ben Schoeman

"I grew up in a very musical family. My parents often took me to concerts, and I started with violin lessons at the age of four. Music has therefore played a very important role during my childhood. My mother is an organist, and I always had the music of J S Bach in my ears," said Ben Schoeman.

After growing up in a musical household and listening to the music of Bach and other classical musicians, Ben was inspired to become a professional musician himself. He obtained a master's in the performing arts from the University of Pretoria and went on to receive a master's diploma from the Academia Pianistica in Imola, Italy. He is currently undertaking a doctor of musical arts at City University of London.

Ben has performed across Europe at many prestigious concert halls such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore and many other hallmarks of classical music. He has also given critically acclaimed performances at many musical festivals such as the King's Lynn Festival in the United Kingdom and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in Canada. .

He regularly performs concertos with leading South African orchestras, such as the Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Philharmonic orchestras as well as giving solo chamber music recitals throughout the country. Ben's performances have been described as magical, powerful and dazzling, and he has received awards such as a Gold Medal in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in 2009 and the first Grand Prize in the UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition in 2008.

Ben Schoeman is an enormous talent with fantastic musical insight, and we are proud to have awarded him the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2011.

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