Benjamin Bartelt is a violinist, violist, composer, arranger, and educator based in Southern California. A versatile performer, his repertoire spans four centuries, running the gamut of styles from Baroque music to contemporary avant-garde to jazz and tango. As a teacher, Benjamin offers lessons on violin, viola, chamber music, history and theory. Lessons are available via Skype and in person throughout the Metro Los Angeles area. Commissions are accepted for original compositions and arrangements.
As a performer:
Benjamin Bartelt has performed in a dozen countries on six continents, and across fifteen of the United States of America. As an orchestral musician, he has toured internationally with the YMF Debut Orchestra and the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, and has performed under conductors such as Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, Osmo Vänskä, David Zinman and Nicolas McGegan. He has performed in the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, as a substitute for the New World Symphony and as guest principal violist of the Juneau Symphony. An active freelancer in Southern California, Benjamin has performed with Camerata Pacifica and for the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Pacific Serenades, the Enlightenment Music Series, The Music Guild’s “Coffee, Cookies and Concerts” series, and the Colburn Chamber Music Society. He has performed in productions for the Pacific Opera Project, Musical Theatre West and with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin has performed for the Bruman Summer Music Festival and Festival Mozaic, in addition to receiving fellowships to the Music Academy of the West, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and the Young Artists Program of the National Arts Center in Canada. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Euler String Quartet, a group focusing on contemporary music; and DuselForty58, a crossover ensemble that performs music from Bach to jazz. Benjamin received his B.A. Music summa cum laude from UCLA under the instruction of Richard O’Neill. He continued his studies with full scholarships to the Yale University School of Music and to the Colburn Conservatory, where he studied under the guidance of Ettore Causa and Paul Coletti, respectively. Benjamin plays on an Audinot bow on generous loan from the Maestro Foundation.