The Philharmonia is delighted to announce that violinist Benjamin Marquise Gilmore has been appointed Joint Concert Master, a position he will share with longstanding Philharmonia Concert Master Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay.
Benjamin (31) was appointed leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2016, where he will continue as Joint Leader alongside his new position with the Philharmonia.
He has performed with the SCO as soloist and director on several occasions and has been involved in the SCO’s chamber music series at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. A member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2011, Benjamin has also appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and as leader and director with the Camerata Salzburg.
Ben 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 Altenberg trio. His father was the musicologist Bob Gilmore and his grandfather is the conductor Lev Markiz.
He was awarded 1st prize at the Oskar Back violin competition in Amsterdam, and was a prize winner at the Joseph Joachim competition in Hannover and the Mozart competition in Salzburg, and as a soloist has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NDR Hannover, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He is a dedicated chamber musician and has appeared at festivals such as Kuhmo, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, Styriarte and Delft.
Benjamin begins his new position at the beginning of the 2019/20 Season.