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Benjamin Verdery

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Benjamin Verdery
Associate Professor Adjunct of Guitar Yale School of Music
At YSM Since: 1985
Award(s): Honorary Board Member, Suzuki Association of the Americas (2007), Classical Recording Foundation Award (2005), Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Classical Guitar Recording (1991).

Benjamin Verdery

Hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career, Benjamin Verdery tours regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, performing at major venues and festivals. As a recording artist, Verdery has released more than 15 albums, some featuring works by leading composers of our time who have created music for Verdery, including Yale faculty composers Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash, and Christopher Theofanidis, as well as by Jack Vees, Yale lecturer in electronic music. He has also created and released several exquisitely filmed videos in collaboration with other artists.

Verdery has recorded and/or performed with such diverse artists as Andy Summers, Frederic Hand, William Coulter, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Hermann Prey, John Williams, hiphop artist Billy Dean Thomas, beat box/vocal percussionist Marc Martin and Nano Stern.

A prolific, published composer in his own right, many of Verdery’s compositions have been performed, recorded and published over the years. He has been commissioned to compose works for guitar solo, duo, large ensembles, and film. His Scenes from Ellis Island, for guitar orchestra, has been extensively broadcast and performed at festivals and universities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. DobermanYppan (Canada) currently publishes his solo and duo works for guitar and Alfred Music distributes some solo pieces and instructional books and videos. Other compositions are available at Verdery’s web site.

Since 1985, Verdery has been guitar professor at the Yale School of Music, Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series since 2007 and Producer of his Maui Summer Master Class since 1999. At Yale, he teaches a studio of graduate-level guitarists, directs guitar chamber music, and has been featured many times in performance on Yale’s Faculty Artist Series and Yale in New York concert series. Verdery uses D'Addario strings and guitars by Garrett Lee and Otto Vowinkel.

American Composers Orchestra, Ottawa ChamberFest, Verona Guitar Festival, Guitar Festival of Belgrade, International Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco (Mexico), the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Metropolitan Opera, International Guitar Festival, Festival International de Agosto (Caracas), Schubert Festival (Bad Urach, Germany), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Scenes from Ellis Island, Guitar Music of Ben Verdery (upcoming), 
Happy Here with William Coulter (2011), First You Build A Cloud in collaboration with Andy Summers (2007), Branches (2007), Start Now (2005), Some Towns & Cities (1991)