60 Seconds with... Benjamin Marquise Gilmore


You’ve performed internationally with many incredible orchestras and ensembles, what makes performing with the SCO special?

The SCO has the flexibility and immediacy of communication that one tends to associate with chamber orchestras, but above all it has an amazing energy, which can always be counted on to come through no matter where the concert is taking place, and whether the piece is being played for the first or the hundredth time. I think that the group’s commitment to giving as much as possible at each performance is what forges its connection with its audiences.

You were appointed SCO Leader back 2016 - what has been your most SCO memorable concert to date?

It would really be impossible to choose just one, but if I had to name a couple: the first time I played under Robin Ticciati was in Mendelssohn’s Scottish symphony, and the dynamic between orchestra and conductor was incredible, I was just swept along. I will also never forget a Bartok Divertimento that we did with Alexander Janiczek, again this was an interpretation that clearly had a long history, and now I simply can’t imagine the piece any other way.   

Next Season you will be performing a wide range of repertoire in many different roles - from leading to the Orchestra, to featuring as a soloist and director, what gives you the most thrill / what are you most looking forward to?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that you never know how something will turn out in advance - I’m looking forward to all of it! But I am eagerly awaiting the return of Kristian Bezuidenhout and working on one of my absolute favourite Mozart symphonies, number 29. 


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