Ben Fryxell is a cellist from Cincinnati, Ohio, who is now in his second year as a Fellow at the New World Symphony. Since his teenage years, he has been a regular presence on the concert stage and a frequent winner of awards and competitions. He has performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Symphony, Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony and the combined forces of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and more. He was the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award from the Tanglewood Music Center. When he returned to the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2020 (in a virtual capacity, of course), he had the great honor of being selected to play for Yo-Yo Ma in an online class. Ben has also been a winner in concerto competitions at the Brevard Music Center and the New World Symphony.
Besides playing, Ben is a firm believer in the power of education, and the sacred obligation to pass on knowledge and wisdom to others, and is gaining a worldwide reputation for his masterful teaching. After the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread event cancellation, he began teaching students online from the Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia, thorough their partnership with the New World Symphony, where he is currently a Fellow. Furthermore, as his online presence, “Cello Ben,” he has recently conducted a series of online masterclasses with students around the world, made available for public learning, and also launched a well-received online cello course for adult beginners.
Ben received his master of music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Yeesun Kim, and his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Natasha Brofsky. He has also studied with AliceAnn O’Neill and Alan Rafferty, and has studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Borromeo and Emerson string quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Norman Fischer and countless others.
When he is not at the cello, he enjoys cooking, watching stand-up comedy, and exploring his inner computer geek.