Ben leads a busy and diverse musical life as a performer, teacher and composer internationally
Ben Hoadley studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music, continuing on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While in the USA he served as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra also performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and receiving fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Centre and Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. This was followed by a sojourn in Europe where he served as co-principal bassoon with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, also studying historical bassoon in Italy and Switzerland.
Ben has taught at the University of Auckland School of Music since 2007, including several years as coordinator of woodwind, and is regularly invited to tutor and present master-classes throughout Australasia and abroad. In 2017 he was artist in residence at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He has also tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra, Cairns Winter Music School, Boston and Connecticut Youth and All-State Orchestras, among others.
Ben has performed as guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra (UK), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Seville Symphony (Spain).
He is a regular recital and concerto soloist, recently appearing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in the premiere Alex Taylor’s bassoon concerto. In 2017 he gave the Australasian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s bassoon concerto with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Ben’s recordings for the Atoll label include “Arapatiki” – music of Gillian Whitehead, which was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Music Awards, “Southern Invention” – bassoon music from Australia and NZ, and the 6 Quartets for bassoon and strings by Joseph Michl.