biography

 

Winner of numerous prizes and awards, British-Polish-German pianist Benjamin Mead has quickly established himself as a highly expressive and sound affine song accompanist and chamber musician. Praised as “outstanding”, “perceptive” and “elevating”, he is the co-founder of the Rhonefestival in Switzerland and currently holds the position of Academy Voices and Song Circle Co-ordinator as Shinn Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Highlights of previous seasons include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and L’Auditori Barcelona, as well as at numerous festivals, including the Aldeburgh Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Schubertíada a Vilabertran, Schumannfest Düsseldorf, DüsseldorfFestival! as well as the Rhonefestival. He has performed alongside Dame Felicity Lott as well as Manuel Walser and regularly collaborates with Valerie Eickhoff and Franziska Heinzen. 

Benjamin’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Swiss Radio SRF 2 Kultur. His debut album with Franziska Heinzen celebrating 100 years of Les Six will be released on the SoloMusica label in early 2021. 

Having studied at the RobertSchumannHochschule Düsseldorf as well as the Royal Academy of Music, he graduated from both institutions with distinction, being awarded the prestigious DipRAM from the Academy in 2020. He has studied with Boguslaw Strobel and Michael Dussek as well as Malcolm Martineau and during his training participated in masterclasses with Hartmut Höll, Wolfram Rieger, Helmut Deutsch, Deen Larsen, Georg Friedrich Schenck and Ulrich Eisenlohr. 

He is a Britten Pears Young Artist and has received the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust and the ABRSM as well as the Norbert Janssen Stiftung during his studies.