Benjamin Gilmore




Benjamin Marquise Gilmore was born in 1987 into a musical family and grew up in England. At the age of ten he won a scholarship to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and in 2005 went to study at the Vienna Conservatory with Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin, graduating in 2010. He has also studied chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjan, and with Peter Schuhmayer and Johannes Meissl of the Artis Quartet, and a fellow of Ravinia's Steans Music Institute in 2015.


He has performed in many prestigious halls around the world including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Brahms Saal in Vienna and at festivals such as Kuhmo, Dubrovnik, Telavi and Utrecht. He is a dedicated chamber musician and and has collaborated with many renowned artists including Julian Rachlin, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Elisso Virsaladze, Kolja Blacher and Gerhard Schulz, and with ensembles such as the Vienna Brahms Trio, the Gould Piano Trio, the Hugo Wolf Quartet and the Altenberg Trio.


As a soloist he has appeared with ensembles such as the Mikkeli Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and has often performed with his grandfather, the conductor Lev Markiz. He also takes a keen interest in contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Gavin Bryars, Bernhard Lang, Frank Denyer, and on several occasions with Giya Kancheli.


In 2013 Benjamin won 1st prize and the award for best interpretation of the compulsory work by Guus Jansen at the Oskar Back violin competition in Amsterdam. Prior to that he received 3rd prize at the Mirecourt international competition, 2nd prize in the Brahms competition in Pörtschach and 2nd prize and a special prize for Bach interpretation at the Yampolsky competition in Moscow.


In 2011 he became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has participated in chamber music concerts with members of the orchestra, most recently at the Styriarte festival in Graz.