Exciting young American cellist Benjamin Elton Capps enjoys an extraordinarily versatile performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. His recently released recording of Andrew Violette´s Songs and Dances (Innova) won raves from the Holland Times which hailed Benjamin as a “young cello phenomenon from New York” with “dazzling technique and a fearsomely meaty tone”, and his playing has been praised as “most appealing” by the New York Times and “rich…and human” by the New York Sun. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall´s Stern Auditorium, Weill Hall and Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center´s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Rose Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Mann Hall in Tel Aviv, Meyerson Hall in Dallas, and the Auditorio Nacional, the Palace of Fine Arts and Sala Nezahualcoytl in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, the Manhattan School of Music Composer´s Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and his performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto at the 2010 Music Festival of the Americas in Vermont was hailed as “virtuosic and impassioned” (Barre Montpelier Times). Performance highlights in 2010 include recital tours, by invitation, to the Peoples´ Republic of China, with performances in Xiamin, Fouzhou and Gulangyu, and recital appearances in New York, Athens, Greece and Burgos, Spain.
Mr. Capps is the principal cellist of Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, a dynamic symphony orchestra founded by conductor Alondra de la Parra dedicated to performing the music of the American Continent. Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas´ double CD on Sony Classics, Mi Alma Mexicana, was released in August 2010 and recently went gold.
An avid chamber musician, he has participated in the Bowdoin, Schlern Int´l (Italy), Burgos Int´l (Spain) and Summit Summer Festivals, the Perlman Music Program, and the ChamberFest and FOCUS! Festivals in Lincoln Center. Mr. Capps has made numerous appearances on Manhattan´s Tactus Series, and has performed on Trinity Church´s Music at One series, and at Bargemusic, and founded the Capanglia Trio, the Sonar Players, and the New York Chamber Collective.