Cellist Benjamin Lash was a top prizewinner in the Washington International Competition. Recent concerto performances include Haydn’s C major Concerto with the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Downey Symphony and Colburn Orchestra, and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Brentwood Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Benjamin has participated in summer festivals including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Taos, Aspen, Holland International Music Sessions, Fortissimo Fest in Bulgaria, and Franco-American Chamber Music Festival in Missillac, France.
Benjamin began studying cello at the age of six with Dean Bachus and Tanya Carey. In his early teens, as a first place winner of multiple Chicago area competitions, he performed concertos by Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Hindemith, and Haydn. Benjamin received his Bachelors of Music from the Colburn Conservatory of Music where he studied with Ronald Leonard. He completed Master of Music and Doctorate degrees at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum. Benjamin performs in the Los Angeles area and is a member of the SAKURA Cello Quintet. He is a passionate teacher and is on the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and maintains a private studio.