Ben Glassberg, winner of the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors’ Competition 2017, studied conducting with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, following the completion of his music degree at the University of Cambridge. Whilst studying, Ben conducted concerts with a number of different orchestras, as well as productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, The Rape of Lucretia and Tobias and the Angel, amongst others. His concert work has included tours to both Belgium and France, with repertoire ranging from a number of world premiere commissions to core symphonic repertoire.
In Summer 17, Ben returned to Glyndebourne as assistant on a new production by Claus Guth of La Clemenza de Tito with Robin Ticciati conducting. Due to Ticciati’s indisposition, Ben conducted a performance of the opera, making him one of the youngest conductors to debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in its history. Invited regularly to the Festival, Ben will return in summer 18 to conduct a performance of Madamma Butterfly and in the autumn of 18 to conduct performances of La Traviata. In 2016, he was awarded the Glyndebourne Lefever Award, after assisting Antonello Manacorda on a new production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Together with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Ben has premiered the new work by Vikki Stone, Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra, which he conducted at Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Festival.
In the 2017/18 season Ben will make his debut with Kammerakademie Potsdam in both symphonic concerts and in a new production of Cosi fan Tutte as part of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. He will assist Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and makes further conducting debuts with Orchestre Symphonique de Mullhouse, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Future seasons include a return to La Monnaie to assist and to conduct performances in their new Da Ponte Cycle.
In 2011, Ben founded the London Youth Symphony Orchestra (now London Young Sinfonia), who perform regular concerts including symphonic works as well as selections of opera scenes, and last year he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra.