Though only 25 years of age (b. 1994), Ohio-born Ben Fryxell is already a seasoned veteran of the cello. He has given numerous performances over the years, and has concertized as a soloist with orchestras such as the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, the National Repertory Orchestra, and others. In 2013, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with an orchestra consisting of members of both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2014, he gave the world premiere of Frank Proto’s Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra with the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony under the baton of Michael Chertock. In 2017, he performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the National Repertory Orchestra under the baton of Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell.
Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a “young Cincinnati star,” Ben has performed in prestigious venues as a soloist such as Cincinnati’s Music Hall and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. He recently received his Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA under the tutelage of Yeesun Kim. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York, NY, where he studied with Natasha Brofsky. Past teachers include Alan Rafferty and AliceAnn O’Neill. Ben is currently a first-year Fellow of the New World Symphony.