Ben Newton

Born in Manchester, Ben started playing the viola aged 13. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Alex Thorndike, before moving back home to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Vicci Wardman where he won the Cecil Aronowitz Viola prize.

Ben enjoys a wide ranging professional career encompassing regular work as guest principal viola in various orchestras around the country; including a recent solo performance of Richard Strauss “Don Quixote” with Alban Gehardt and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular member of the John Wilson Orchestra and often tours around the world with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Aside from music, Ben is a very keen cook and now lives near Liverpool with his partner Emily (also a violinist) and two cats and is working towards achieving his private pilots licence.

Ben plays on a 1955 ‘Lawrence Cocker’ Viola.