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The New Yorker magazine said of a concert with the Hartt Symphony in Alice Tully Hall, "The best soloist was the first cello, Benjamin Myers, who added a romantic line to the duet." Music Monthly said of another performance that he was "riveting and delightful to behold."

At the age of nineteen, Benjamin Myers took top prize in the 1987 Emerson String Quartet Competition which resulted in a guest appearance as the cellist of that quartet. Since then, Myers has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in major halls in America and Europe.

Benjamin Myers has appeared over the past few years as soloist and chamber musician in Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation. In the most recent concert there, he gave the world premiere of a cello sonata by Bart Bullock.

As a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Gemini Piano Trio, he has taken top prizes in the 1997 Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Competition, MTNA Chamber Music Competitions, the 1997 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition and its subsequent Year 2000 Winners Competition.

The Gemini Piano Trio's first CD features music of Ives and Brahms and is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Tower Records. The American Record Guide praised this d├ębut CD saying, "There is an admirable balance between confidence, polished technique, and impulsive, romantic ardor in this performance." The Gemini Piano Trio's next CD, newly released, features trios of Ravel and Shostakovich.

Myers has also appeared as principal cello of many orchestras, including the Aspen Concert Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Benjamin Myers has the distinction of being the first person ever to earn a doctoral degree in cello performance from the highly selective program at the New England Conservatory where he also earned his master's degree. He earned a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from the Hartt School of Music.

He has studied with David Finckel of the Emerson Quartet, and soloists David Wells and Colin Carr. He has also played in master classes for cellists such as Steven Doane and Yo-Yo Ma. Dr. Myers is on the music faculty of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, and Goucher College in Baltimore.

My Occupation

Cellist, Gemini Piano Trio/Professor of Music

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Martial Arts, Flying

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