Ben Opie is an oboist whose talents extend across the entire repertoire for oboe. He has performed solo recitals in some of Australia’s finest venues and worked with most of Australia’s symphony orchestras. His passion for contemporary music has led him to work internationally with ensembles that include Ensemble Parallelle (US), Frankfurter Solisten (Germany), Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (Australia) and co-directing Inventi Ensemble (Australia) with Melissa Doecke. Ben has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music since its inception and gave the Australian premiere of Garnero’s Continuity Girl in 2013.
His work across the globe has earned him multiple awards and recognition in the field of music, such as the 42nd International Summer Course for New Music Scholarship, Darmstadt (Germany), and the Carmel Music Competition Finalist (USA).
Ben has been engaged as an expert leader in his field, tutoring students from the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program, the Melbourne Youth Music programs and the Australian National University and was the oboe specialist for Graham Abbott’s ABC Classic FM’s Keys to Music broadcast. He was guest artist at the 2014 Australian Double Reed Society Conference and 2015 New Zealand Double Reed Society Conference and received an invitation to present at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo.