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Canadian Musician Ben Cruchley is distinguished by the diversity of his musical activities. He trained as a pianist at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Benedetto Lupo, and the Université de Montréal with Dang Thai Son and earned top prizes in numerous international piano competitions, including the Beethoven Competition in Bonn, 2015 and the Grieg Competition in Bergen, 2016. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Bonn Beethovenfest, in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Palermo Classica, Kunstverein München, Filarmonica Banatul in Timisoara, and Toronto’s Koerner Hall.


Moving to Berlin in 2018, Ben found opportunities to explore different musical dimensions: from participating in Berlin's avant-garde Musiktheater scene (with, among others, Hauen & Stechen; Leila Hekmat), to collaborations with dancers (including Shade Théret; Magdalena Mitterhofer), as well as experimental projects with musicians from around the world (including percussionist Calvin Yug). Most recently, he has added conducting as well as playing the organ to his regular activities. All the while, he maintains an active schedule as a solo and chamber pianist, drawing on these experiences in other genres out of a passion to discover what is particular to each. 

After attending the Glenn Gould School in Toronto (class of Marc Durand), Ben studied intensively with Dang Thai Son (Université de Montréal) and Benedetto Lupo (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome).


Photo: Dan Hannen

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