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Roger Benedict

Artistic Director, Sydney Symphony Fellowship

Chair supported by Warren & Marianne Lesnie

Biography

Supported by Warren & Marianne Lesnie

From 1991, Roger Benedict was Principal Viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and from 2002, Principal Viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Fellowship Program. He also holds the positions of Chief Conductor and Senior Lecturer in viola at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is an Associate Professor.

A frequent guest conductor with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Roger has conducted the Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall and in regional centres. He has also conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Southbank Sinfonia (UK), amongst others.

A devoted orchestral trainer, Roger has coached the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2000 and is a frequent conductor of the Australian Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra (UK).

As a viola soloist, Roger has appeared with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster orchestras, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Canberra and New Zealand symphony orchestras and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan.

Roger’s recital album Volupté (Melba) was selected as one of the 10 best recordings of 2010 by The Classical Review. His recording of Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was released in 2011, and a disc of music by Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek (Voices in the Wilderness) in 2014. His most recent album, A Winter’s Tale, with pianist Simon Tedeschi, was released in 2018 by ABC Classics.