Described by the NY Times as “an iconoclastic player” and “an American original, an American master” by Sound Board Magazine, Benjamin Verdery has been hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career.
2017 began with the world premiere of Searching for a Chorale by Ben’s mentor Seymour Bernstein and published by Doberman-Yppan with a video available on You Tube. Beat Box champion/vocal artist Mark Martin and the Michiyaya Dance Company, who choreographed a group of Ben’s Etudes, joined Ben for a few East Coast concerts. Ben composed the competition piece the rain falls equally on all things for the Changsha International Guitar Festival (China), also published by Doberman. The piece will appear on Ben’s forth coming CD featuring all of his own compositions for Elm City Records.
May 10, 2018 at Kaufmann Hall (92Y) was the world premiere of Quintet for High Strings (commissioned by the 92Y) by Bryce Dessner for guitar and string quartet with the fabulous St. Lawrence String Quartet. In June 2018 the book Benjamin Verdery A Montage of a Classical Guitarist was published by Hamilton Books. Edited by Thomas Donahue, it includes essays by several of today’s leading guitarists and composers as well essays by Ben on composing, arranging, teaching, performing and recording.
Ben’s into his 34th year as the guitar professor at the Yale School of Music, his 12th year as Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series and 2019 will be the 20th year of his Maui Summer Master Class. Ben is also now the Artistic Director of the Connecticut Guitar Festival.
Master guitarist blurs boundaries
Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Benjamin Verdery is without a doubt a great guitarist possessing an astonishing technique.
– Cordoba Times, Spain
All Hail Benjamin Verdery
San Francisco Classical Voice
A unique and inspired festival, with the likes of The National, Bill Frisell, the Dirty Projectors.....but Classical guitarist Ben Verdery stole the show with his opening set.
Music Now, 2008, Night 2: An Evening of American Guitar