Benjamin Davis - Violin/Viola


Benjamin Davis - Violin/Viola

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Benjamin teaches violin and viola on Mondays and Wednesdays. He also teaches Suzuki group class on Thursday evenings.  

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Benjamin Davis is an artist seeking to expand the possibilities and alter modern perceptions of classical music. This is accomplished through his involvement in the Twin Cities community and greater Midwest as a performer, educator, and administrator. 

As a performer, he is the violist of Lux String Quartet (named 2015-16 Classical MPR Class-Notes Artist), acting principal violist with the Des Moines Symphony, section violist with the Quad City Symphony, an improviser in Improvestra, a travel-blogging, busking, improvising street artist and poet in Wormwood, and a frequent collaborative soloist with composers and artists both locally and nationally. This past summer, he performed as interim violist of the Belin Quartet's 2017 Season. He has also enjoyed substitute orchestral engagements with Orchestra Iowa, Mankato Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony.

As an administrator, he serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Oskaloosa Music Festival. He also organized events for Classical Revolution Twin Cities from 2012-2013.

As an educator, he offers private lessons with a Suzuki influence for violists and violinists at Sarah Jane's Music School. He also occasionally picks up the baton to conduct youth ensembles in regional orchestra festivals. During the summers, he has been on faculty at Pioneer High School Orchestra Camp hosted at Interlochen.

Davis began his viola studies at the age of 9 with Bruce McLellan, and by the age of 16 had his soloist debut with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He has had the privilege to study performance with Charles Miranda and Dr. Jonathan Sturm of the Des Moines Symphony, as well as Thomas Turner of the Minnesota Orchestra. He finished his collegiate studies with a B.M. in Viola Performance at the University of Minnesota under the instruction of Korey Konkol. In 2010, while in attendance at the Chautauqua Institution, Davis had the privilege of receiving instruction from both Carol Rodland and Roland Vamos. Ever in love with life-long learning, he continued independent private study with Sabina Thatcher from 2014-2016.

As a teacher, he has studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Nancy Lokken at the Ottawa Suzuki Strings and Ann Smelser at Chicago Suzuki Institute.

When not on stage, you might be able to find Benjamin hiking off in some remote mountain range, hosting a chamber music party into the wee hours of the morning, or trying to be as Zen as possible on his yoga mat.