BIOGRAPHY

Award winning British-Polish-German pianist Benjamin Mead has quickly established himself as a highly expressive and sensitive 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. He is constantly looking for ways to revitalise the classical repertoire by combining unknown treasures in specially curated recital programmes, seeking innovation in music and in life.

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

His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Swiss Radio SRF 2 Kultur. The debut album with Franziska Heinzen celebrating 100 years of Les Six has just been released on the SoloMusica label, with the second celebrating 25 Lieder by 25 women composers to follow in autumn 2021.

Holding two Bachelors of Music with First Class Honours from the  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf as well as a Master of Arts with Distinction (DipRAM) from the Royal Academy of Music, he is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship from the ABRSM. 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.

Benjamin is a Britten Pears Young Artist and has received the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust,the ABRSM, the Carl Bechstein Stiftung as well as the Norbert Janssen Stiftung.