Benjamin Thacher

violin

Benjamin Thacher has performed an extensive amount of solo, chamber, and orchestral music around the globe and has been praised by critics in performances with his "innate lyricism", and "technical skill and aplomb". Born and raised in Massachusetts, he earned his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein. He continued his studies as an artist chamber music diploma student at the San Francisco Conservatory under Ian Swensen. Benjamin has studied privately and coached chamber music under Itzhak Perlman for two years while participating in the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, New York.

He has played in master-classes with renowned artists who have included, Yo-Yo Ma, members of the Juilliard and Cleveland String Quartet, Pamela Frank, and Joseph Silverstein. He attended the Walnut Hill School for performing arts where he studied with James Buswell. As a violin soloist, Benjamin has appeared with a number of orchestras which include the Cape Cod Symphony, the Nashua Symphony in New Hampshire, The Greater Marlborough Symphony, the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra, and several concerts with the Chatham Chorale Orchestra. In 2005, he was selected to perform on national radio in an episode at “From the Top”.

He has appeared twice in Carnegie Hall performing in 2005 with his piano trio, and in 2007 with Itzhak Perlman. Benjamin performed as a member of the resident string quartet sponsored by Cliburn Festival in Texas. He has performed concerts with the "American Bach Soloists". Benjamin is highly in demand as an educator, having presented master-classes and adjudicating young artists competitions in the United States. He was conductor of the chamber orchestra with the Nashoba Youth Orchestra from 2007-2009 and also directed the "Young Artist Chamber Music Program".

In 2010, he taught at the Medicine Hat Summer Strings Program prior to accepting an appointment at the Medicine Hat College , where he currently is a senior member of the string faculty. In addition to teaching violin and viola, he is also the director of the Medicine Hat "Strings Academy Program", a professionally oriented program designed to help foster the musical talents of highly gifted pre-college musicians.