Mr Roger Benedict

GRNCM RNCM
Senior Lecturer Strings

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1287

Biographical details

Roger Benedict’s wide-ranging career has encompassed work as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and conductor. He was principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, from 1991-2000 and since 2002 has been principal viola of the Sydney Symphony. Roger taught at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997-2002. In addition to to his teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, Roger also is a tutor to the European Union Youth Orchestra and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program, Australasia’s leading professional training program for musicians.
As a viola soloist, Roger Benedict has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra in the UK, as well as the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. With the Sydney Symphony, he has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in 2002, 2004 and 2010, Berlioz’s Harold in Italy in 2005 and 2012, Andrew Ford’s The Unquiet Grave in 2007 and Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi in 2009.

As both recitalist and chamber musician Roger has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and his chamber music partners have included such musicians as Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, Louis Lortie and Leif Ove Andsnes. In Australia, he performs widely as a chamber musician and guest with such groups as the Tinalley String Quartet and Sydney Soloists. Roger’s debut recital CD Volupté (Melba Recordings) with music by Charles Koechlin and Joseph Jongen was greeted with considerable critical acclaim and selected as one of the ten best recordings of 2010 by www.theclassicalreview.com. His recording of Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi with the Sydney Symphony was released by the same label in 2011.

Alongside his career as an instrumentalist, Roger has conducted orchestras at the Sydney Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music and regularly conducts concerts with the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Ensemble and Orchestra. In the UK, he has conducted the National Youth Orchestra in London and Aldeburgh. For the Sydney Symphony, he has conducted the Playerlink program and schools concerts and will conduct subscription concerts with them in 2013. He has also appeared in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Roger is an active editor and arranger; recent publications include viola transcriptions of works by Schubert and Mozart for Partitura-Verlag. He also writes regularly for journals such as The Strad.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Benedict, R. (2010). Masterclass. The Strad, April 2010, 62-65.

Musical Compositions

  • Benedict, R. (2009). Concerto G Major KV191 for Viola and Orchestra (Transcription and Arrangement for Viola and Piano). Switzerland: Partitura-verlag.

Music

  • Benedict, R., Sydney Symphony, F. (2015). Jabberwock. Sorcerers and Wizards: A Family Concert. Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). 1. If My Complaints Could Passions Move 2. Flow My tears 3. Lachrymae. Valley Dreaming. Sassafras, Kangaroo Valley, Australia: Arts in the Valley.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). 1. Sonata for viola and piano, Op 101: I. Adagio II. Quasi menuetto III. Allegro risoluto e vivace; 2. Sonata for viola, Op 91 no 3: I. Allegro moderato, energico II. Adagio III. Scherzo IV. Allegro con vigore; 3. Impromptu for viola and piano. From Vienna with Love: Composers in Exile. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). Hans Gal Suite for viola and piano op 102a (1949): 1. Cantabile 2. Furioso 3. Con Grazia 4. Burla. Postcards from Vienna. Independent Theatre, North Sydney, Australia: Independent Theatre.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). Symphony No 1 in D major. Mahler Re-imagined. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., Pratt, D. (2012). 1. You Must Sleep, But I Must Dance. You Must Sleep, But I Must Dance. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R. (2012). nezasa. Emerging Composers. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, Australia: Sydney Symphony Fellowship.
  • Benedict, R., Lillicrap, C. (2011). 1. Sonata for viola and piano in F, Op. 17 2. 5 Moravian Folksongs for viola and piano 3. Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 147. Shostakovich's swansong. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2010). 1. Lady Frere -String Quartet No. 5 (10') 2. Light Rain (10') 3. Alveoles (15') 4. Melody, Notes, Five (5') 5. Mahler-Bilder (15'). Young Guns. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia: ISCM.
  • Benedict, R., Herrick, C., Hoy, J., Irik, M., Bozic, A., Drabe, M., Hewer, W., Rachael, T., Bisits, J., Andonovska, L., et al (2010). 1. Siegfried Idyll (18') 2. Five pieces for orchestra (chamber version)arr Greissle (18') 3. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun arr Sachs (10') 4. Treatise on Light (10') 5. Divertissement (16'). Fellowship Final Concert. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R., Dauth, M., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2010). Sinfonia Concertante K364. Mozart Meets Tchaikovsky. City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., SSO, F. (2010). Sinfonietta, OP.1. Valse Triste. Sydney Symphony Fellows at Old Darlington House. Old Darlington School, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Syphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., Boersma, K., Harvey, B., Dauth, M., Hewgill, K. (2010). Trout Quintet. Sydney Soloists. Government House, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust.
  • Benedict, R., Munro, I. (2009). 1. Pensiero 2. Allegro appassionato 3. Morpheus 4. Lullaby 1 5. Lullaby 2 6. Chinese Puzzle. ABC Saturday Session. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.
  • Pedersen, G., Richter, G., Bohn, O., Schmidt, R., Benedict, R., Szabo, Z. (2009). 1. Sextet for Strings No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 18 'Spring' Sextet. Sensational Sundays - A Brahms Feast. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2009). 1. Sonata for viola and piano Op. 53 3. Allegro Appassionato for viola and piano Op. 79. Esprit de Liberte. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM Cocktail Hour Recital Series.
  • Benedict, R., Wigglesworth, M., Cantillation, C., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2009). 2. Flos Campi. London Calling. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., Woodward, R., Du Blet, G., The Song Company, T., The Consort of Melbourne, T. (2009). Rothko Chapel. Morton Feldman and Mark Rothko. Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Benedict, R. (2009). Sinfonietta. London Calling. Tate Modern, New York City, United States of America: National Youth Orchestra.
  • Pedersen, G., Benedict, R., Shovk, P., Gadd, C. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in C Minor Opus 60 2. Piano Quartet in G Minor Opus 25. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Blake, S. (2006). Dean's Gala Concert Schubert. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Blake, S., Pedersen, G. (2005). 1. Duo op 13 (10') 2. Nonet in F major, op 31 (20'), 3. String Quintet C major (50'). UNSPECIFIED.
  • Blake, S., West, E., Benedict, R., Todicescu, A., Boersma, K., Willems, G. (2005). Sextet in D, Op. 110. ABC Sunday Live concert. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic.
  • Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Pedersen, G., Blake, S., Henery, A., Doherty, D., McCorkill, C., Walker, D., Jacks, B. (2005). Spohr: Duo, Nonet, Schubert Quintet. Sensational Sunday Series. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: SCM.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2014). Sonata for viola and piano op 101: 1. Adagio 2. Quasi menuetto, tranquillo 3. Allegro risoluto e vivace 7. Impromptu for viola and piano; Suite for viola and piano op 102a: 12. Cantabile: Largo 13. Furioso: Allegro con fuoco 14. Con grazia: Tempo di Menuetto lento 15. Burla: Allegro vivace. On Voices in the Wilderness, CD, Victoria, Australia: Melba Recordings.
  • Benedict, R., Wigglesworth, M., Sydney Symphony Orchestra, T., Cantillation, C. (2011). Flos Campi. On Arcadia Lost: Music of Vaughan Williams and Britten, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings Pty Ltd.
  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2010). 1-4 Sonate Pour Piano Et Alto, OP.53. 9 Concertino Pour Alto Et Piano, OP.111. 10 Introduction Et Danse, OP.102. 11 Andante Espressivo. 12 Allegro Appassionato, OP.79. On Volupte, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings.
  • Benedict, R., Young, T., Jacks, B. (2010). 5-8 Quartre Petites Pieces. On Volupte, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings.

Web Site / Exhibition

  • Benedict, R. (2010). Masterclass. YouTube Masterclass, United States of America: YouTube Symphony Channel.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Benedict, R. (2011). 1. Summer Music, Op. 31 2. Pan 3. Septet 4. Six Bagatelles 5. Sad Jigs 6. Three mob pieces. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Benedict, R., SSO, F. (2010). 1.Lapsis 2.Anaktoria. Campelltown Arts Centre, Campelltown, Australia.

Web based exhibition

  • Mitchell, H., Benedict, R., Latukefu, L. (2016). www.musiclistening.net. Australia: Wordpress.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Benedict, R. (2012). Masterclass |Beethoven 3rd Symphony. The Strad, 123/1471.

2016

  • Mitchell, H., Benedict, R., Latukefu, L. (2016). www.musiclistening.net. Australia: Wordpress.

2015

  • Benedict, R., Sydney Symphony, F. (2015). Jabberwock. Sorcerers and Wizards: A Family Concert. Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

2014

  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2014). Sonata for viola and piano op 101: 1. Adagio 2. Quasi menuetto, tranquillo 3. Allegro risoluto e vivace 7. Impromptu for viola and piano; Suite for viola and piano op 102a: 12. Cantabile: Largo 13. Furioso: Allegro con fuoco 14. Con grazia: Tempo di Menuetto lento 15. Burla: Allegro vivace. On Voices in the Wilderness, CD, Victoria, Australia: Melba Recordings.

2013

  • Benedict, R. (2013). 1. If My Complaints Could Passions Move 2. Flow My tears 3. Lachrymae. Valley Dreaming. Sassafras, Kangaroo Valley, Australia: Arts in the Valley.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). 1. Sonata for viola and piano, Op 101: I. Adagio II. Quasi menuetto III. Allegro risoluto e vivace; 2. Sonata for viola, Op 91 no 3: I. Allegro moderato, energico II. Adagio III. Scherzo IV. Allegro con vigore; 3. Impromptu for viola and piano. From Vienna with Love: Composers in Exile. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). Hans Gal Suite for viola and piano op 102a (1949): 1. Cantabile 2. Furioso 3. Con Grazia 4. Burla. Postcards from Vienna. Independent Theatre, North Sydney, Australia: Independent Theatre.
  • Benedict, R. (2013). Symphony No 1 in D major. Mahler Re-imagined. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

2012

  • Benedict, R., Pratt, D. (2012). 1. You Must Sleep, But I Must Dance. You Must Sleep, But I Must Dance. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R. (2012). Masterclass |Beethoven 3rd Symphony. The Strad, 123/1471.
  • Benedict, R. (2012). nezasa. Emerging Composers. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, Australia: Sydney Symphony Fellowship.

2011

  • Benedict, R., Lillicrap, C. (2011). 1. Sonata for viola and piano in F, Op. 17 2. 5 Moravian Folksongs for viola and piano 3. Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 147. Shostakovich's swansong. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R. (2011). 1. Summer Music, Op. 31 2. Pan 3. Septet 4. Six Bagatelles 5. Sad Jigs 6. Three mob pieces. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Benedict, R., Wigglesworth, M., Sydney Symphony Orchestra, T., Cantillation, C. (2011). Flos Campi. On Arcadia Lost: Music of Vaughan Williams and Britten, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings Pty Ltd.

2010

  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2010). 1-4 Sonate Pour Piano Et Alto, OP.53. 9 Concertino Pour Alto Et Piano, OP.111. 10 Introduction Et Danse, OP.102. 11 Andante Espressivo. 12 Allegro Appassionato, OP.79. On Volupte, CD, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings.
  • Benedict, R., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2010). 1. Lady Frere -String Quartet No. 5 (10') 2. Light Rain (10') 3. Alveoles (15') 4. Melody, Notes, Five (5') 5. Mahler-Bilder (15'). Young Guns. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia: ISCM.
  • Benedict, R., Herrick, C., Hoy, J., Irik, M., Bozic, A., Drabe, M., Hewer, W., Rachael, T., Bisits, J., Andonovska, L., et al (2010). 1. Siegfried Idyll (18') 2. Five pieces for orchestra (chamber version)arr Greissle (18') 3. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun arr Sachs (10') 4. Treatise on Light (10') 5. Divertissement (16'). Fellowship Final Concert. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R., SSO, F. (2010). 1.Lapsis 2.Anaktoria. Campelltown Arts Centre, Campelltown, Australia.
  • Benedict, R., Young, T., Jacks, B. (2010). 5-8 Quartre Petites Pieces. On Volupte, Melbourne, Australia: Melba Recordings.
  • Benedict, R. (2010). Masterclass. The Strad, April 2010, 62-65.
  • Benedict, R. (2010). Masterclass. YouTube Masterclass, United States of America: YouTube Symphony Channel.
  • Benedict, R., Dauth, M., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2010). Sinfonia Concertante K364. Mozart Meets Tchaikovsky. City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., SSO, F. (2010). Sinfonietta, OP.1. Valse Triste. Sydney Symphony Fellows at Old Darlington House. Old Darlington School, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Syphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R., Boersma, K., Harvey, B., Dauth, M., Hewgill, K. (2010). Trout Quintet. Sydney Soloists. Government House, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust.

2009

  • Benedict, R., Munro, I. (2009). 1. Pensiero 2. Allegro appassionato 3. Morpheus 4. Lullaby 1 5. Lullaby 2 6. Chinese Puzzle. ABC Saturday Session. Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.
  • Pedersen, G., Richter, G., Bohn, O., Schmidt, R., Benedict, R., Szabo, Z. (2009). 1. Sextet for Strings No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 18 'Spring' Sextet. Sensational Sundays - A Brahms Feast. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Benedict, R., Young, T. (2009). 1. Sonata for viola and piano Op. 53 3. Allegro Appassionato for viola and piano Op. 79. Esprit de Liberte. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM Cocktail Hour Recital Series.
  • Benedict, R., Wigglesworth, M., Cantillation, C., Symphony Orchestra, S. (2009). 2. Flos Campi. London Calling. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benedict, R. (2009). Concerto G Major KV191 for Viola and Orchestra (Transcription and Arrangement for Viola and Piano). Switzerland: Partitura-verlag.
  • Benedict, R., Woodward, R., Du Blet, G., The Song Company, T., The Consort of Melbourne, T. (2009). Rothko Chapel. Morton Feldman and Mark Rothko. Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Benedict, R. (2009). Sinfonietta. London Calling. Tate Modern, New York City, United States of America: National Youth Orchestra.

2007

  • Pedersen, G., Benedict, R., Shovk, P., Gadd, C. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in C Minor Opus 60 2. Piano Quartet in G Minor Opus 25. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2006

  • Pedersen, G., Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Blake, S. (2006). Dean's Gala Concert Schubert. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.

2005

  • Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Blake, S., Pedersen, G. (2005). 1. Duo op 13 (10') 2. Nonet in F major, op 31 (20'), 3. String Quintet C major (50'). UNSPECIFIED.
  • Blake, S., West, E., Benedict, R., Todicescu, A., Boersma, K., Willems, G. (2005). Sextet in D, Op. 110. ABC Sunday Live concert. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic.
  • Richter, G., Hoy, J., Benedict, R., Pedersen, G., Blake, S., Henery, A., Doherty, D., McCorkill, C., Walker, D., Jacks, B. (2005). Spohr: Duo, Nonet, Schubert Quintet. Sensational Sunday Series. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: SCM.

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