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English-Polish-German pianist Benjamin Malcolm Mead began his piano studies with Prof. Boguslaw Strobel at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany) in 2011. Since September 2018 he has been studying Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau.

Winner of the Webb Award for Piano Accompaniment, Mead is a scholar of the Leverhulme Trust, the Norbert Janssen Stiftung, the Theodor Rogler Stiftung, the Richard Wagner Society Düsseldorf as well as LiveMusicNow. He has had the honour of working with Julius Drake, Richard Stokes and Christoph Prégardien whilst participating on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme(2017) in Aldeburgh as a Viola Tunnard Scholar, with Malcolm Martineau and Olaf Bär during the Udo Reinemann International Masterclassesin Brussels as well as with Graham Johnson and Elly Ameling in the 42. Masterclass for Liedorganised by the Internationale Hugo Wolf Akademiein Stuttgart. He has also furthered his studies in masterclasses with Hartmut Höll, Wolfram Rieger, Ulrich Eisenlohr and Georg Friedrich Schenck.

In 2014 he formed a Song duo with the Swiss Soprano Franziska Andrea Heinzen. The two young musicians took second prize at the chamber music competition Sieghardt-Rometsch and first prize at the 2. International Song-Competition Rhein-Ruhr in April of 2017. Together they received the music endowment award of the state capital of Düsseldorf the same year. In 2018, they gave their debut recitals at the Schubert song cycle of the Schubertíada de Vilabertran in Barcelona as well as at the Rhonefestival für Liedkunstin Switzerland. Their recital dedicated to the poet Rainer Maria Rilke was recorded and broadcast by Swiss Radio SRF 2 Kultur.

They have been invited to give a modern/contemporary recital at the song series Im Zentrum Lied in Cologne in April 2019 as well as to perform their all-female composer programme in celebration of Clara Schumanns 200th birthday at the Schumannfest Düsseldorf 2019. Further concert engagements have taken the Duo to the Netherlands, Belgium and France.