Benjamin Gilmore, Violin
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since August 2011. He grew up in England and studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and the Altenberg trio. His father was the musicologist Bob Gilmore, from whom he received instruction in music theory at a young age, and his grandfather is the conductor Lev Markiz, with whom he has performed on many occasions.
He has appeared at festivals such as Kuhmo, IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Styriarte, and his chamber music partners have included Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Benjamin Schmid, Mischa Maisky and Gerhard Schulz. He has also worked with composers such as Giya Kancheli, Bernhard Lang, Guus Jansen, Gavin Bryars and Frank Denyer.
As a soloist he has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NDR Hannover, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has been the recipient of several awards, including 1st prize at the Oskar Back violin competition in Amsterdam, 4th prize at the Joseph Joachim violin competition in Hannover, and 3rd prize at the Mozart competition in Salzburg. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and was appointed concertmaster of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2016.