Introducing... Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as our new Leader

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We are delighted to announce that acclaimed violinist Benjamin Marquise Gilmore has been appointed as the Orchestra’s new Leader, a job he will share with Stephanie Gonley.

Benjamin has led the Orchestra on several occasions over the past few months and has made an incredible impression throughout this time, amongst SCO players and audiences alike. Our Assistant Leader, Ruth Crouch, commented: “Ben is a fantastic violinist, as many of our audience will have heard in his recent solos in Strauss' Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. He has a natural sense of style in varied repertoire, from playing Mozart on gut strings to the challenging extended techniques and rhythms of Martin Suckling.” On his appointment Benjamin adds: “From the first time I played with the Scottish Chamber Ochestra I felt an immediate rapport, both musically and personally, and it's grown stronger ever since. I very much admire the Orchestra's approach to music-making, combining a strong sense of unity and cohesion with an openness to new ideas and the flexibility to go in different directions. I've had some wonderful concerts with the SCO already and look forward to many more in the coming years.”

At the age of ten Benjamin won a scholarship to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2005 he went to study at the Vienna Conservatory with Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin, graduating in 2010. Since then, he has made a career as a renowned soloist and chamber musician performing in many of the world’s great concert halls, including at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Wigmore Hall (London) and the Brahms Saal (Vienna), collaborating with artists including Elisabeth Leonskaja, Elisso Virsaladze, Kolja Blacher and Gerhard Schulz. Ben has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) since 2011 and will continue to share his time with both the COE and the SCO.

SCO Chief Executive Gavin Reid extends a warm welcome to our new Leader: “Ben is a remarkable musician and an exceptional violinist. These qualities combined with his naturally inclusive leadership style, make him absolutely the right person to lead the SCO. With Ben and Stephanie the SCO have two quite fantastic leaders.”

His first concert as leader will be Mozart Piano Concertos with Kristian Bezuidenhout, conducted by Robin Ticciati on 8 and 9 December in Edinburgh and Glasgow.