Ben Tarlton

Award: Suggia Gift

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before
attending the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2011 to study with Thomas Carroll. In 2014, he received a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Louise Hopkins. As of September 2018, he has been continuing his studies with Louise as a Postgraduate Student, kindly supported by The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Help Musicians UK and The Countess of Munster Trust. He has recently been awarded the 2019 Suggia Gift by Help Musicians UK.
In May of 2016 Ben was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky cello festival in
Los Angeles and in April 2017, he participated in the masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, attending Open Chamber Music the following September. He was invited as a soloist to perform with the Youth Classics Orchestra for their gala concert at Zurich’s Hochschule Der Künste in the autumn of 2017. After being selected as their Young Artist, he gave a recital at The 2018 Cowbridge Music Festival. Ben was recently chosen to be a 2019 Concordia Foundation Artist and a 2019/20 Park Lane Group Artist.
Ben has played in masterclasses for Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Colin Carr,
Raphael Wallfisch and Heinrich Schiff. He has had chamber music coaching with Andras Keller, The Takacs Quartet, The Brentano Quartet and The Endellion Quartet. He has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Casa da Musica in Porto, Cadogan Hall, West Road Concert Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Muziekegebouw in Amsterdam and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Whilst at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ben has performed in numerous solo
and chamber music concerts in Milton Court and The Barbican Hall. He has also performed on three occasions in a BBC ‘Total Immersion’ broadcast as part of The New Music Ensemble. In November 2016, he was one of two soloists to play for The LSO’s Donatella Flick conducting competition semi-finalists, playing Schumann’s cello concerto with The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.
Ben is Artistic Director of The Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival, with the inaugural
event having happened in March 2019.