Benjamin Downs, Piano

Benjamin Downs is a musician and scholar specializing in music since 1968. He completed his DMA in piano performance in 2010 and received his PhD in 2018, focusing on European modernist music and philosophies of listening. Before settling in the great Midwest, he was prizewinner at several international competitions including the MTNA, Chautauqua, and Cincinnati Chamber Music competitions and performed throughout the United States and Europe.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with cellist Yehuda Hanani, the Pacifica String Quartet, members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and Windsor Symphonies. He has been supported by many grants including a Fulbright Grant, Graduate Council Fellowship, and McKnight Artist Development Grant. He now teaches at Macalester College and the MacPhail Center for Music.