Ben Hoadley returned to New Zealand in 2007 after nine years based in the USA and has since led a busy and diverse musical life as a performer, teacher and composer on both sides of the Tasman. Ben’s strong interest and commitment to New Zealand music has led him to collaborate with many composers and performers in the performance of new work and creation of new bassoon repertoire. Ben’s solo CD Arapatiki – works for bassoon by Gillian Whitehead – was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Music Awards. His most recent CD Southern Invention, also on the Atoll label, received 5 stars and a “Top 10 Classical for 2015” from William Dart in the New Zealand Herald. Since 2008 Ben has presented an annual series of concerts in Wellington and Auckland – New Zealand Music for Woodwind – which have introduced many works by established and emerging composers. His solo performances have been recorded for Radio New Zealand Concert FM, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and WGBH Classic ‘FM (Boston). Ben has also performed recitals of New Zealand bassoon music at the International Double Reed Society Conventions in Melbourne (2004) and California (2013).
Ben is principal bassoonist of the Sydney Omega Ensemble (Ensemble in Residence at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, Angel Place) and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra has been a regular guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has also worked with the NZSO, Stroma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as guest principal bassoonist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hallé and Trondheim (Norway) Symphony Orchestras.
Ben studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, continuing on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he became the first wind player in over a decade to receive the college’s highest award for performance, the Artist Diploma. He also received Fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Centre, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.
Ben studied composition for several years with Edwin Carr and subsequently took classes at the Juilliard School in New York, working with Conrad Cummings. He most recently completed a Master of Music in composition at the University of Waikato, where he was awarded a Master’s Thesis Scholarship and 1st place in the Lilburn Awards.
Ben has taught at the University of Auckland’s School of Music since 2007.