Dr. Benjamin Shute to discuss and perform Bach's solo violin works
”April 23, 2017”
2:00 pm” – “4:00 pm
Violinist Benjamin Shute is Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he made his solo debut with Stephen Gunzenhauser and the Delaware Symphony as a teenager and has since performed internationally on modern and period instruments as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles. After early studies with Kathleen Hastings and Lee Snyder, he studied at the New England Conservatory (DMA, BM) and the conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt (HfMDK), where his principal teachers included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker), Masuko Ushioda, Lucy Chapman, and Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, Akademie f r Alte Musik Berlin) and his chamber music coaches included members of the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Hagen, Cleveland, Borromeo, Rubin, Artemis, and Axelrod quartets. As a chamber musician, he has taught and performed at festivals in the States, Europe, and Asia, collaborating with principal players of the Pittsburgh Symphony, RAI Symphony Turin, Hong Kong Symphony, Musica Antiqua K ln, Handel & Haydn Society, etc. as well as faculty of institutions including Curtis, NEC, Peabody, NYU, Boston University, and the Boston Conservatory. He performs regularly on baroque violin with harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar as the Highlands Duo. Other teaching activities include faculty positions at Dickinson College and Cairn University and guest appearances at various universities, among them MIT, Rutgers, Bucknell, and the University of Delaware. He is also the author of the book Sei Solo: Symbolum? The Theology of J. S. Bach’s Solo Violin Works (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2016) as well as critical reconstructions of Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto (BWV 1052R) and incompletely surviving D-major sinfonia (BWV 1045), forthcoming from PRB Productions.