Benjamin Martin holds a Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Tasmania. He is a graduate of the Australian National Academy of Music Advanced Performance Program (Melbourne) and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program (Aldeburgh, UK). Career highlights include the Evangelist (Bach St John and St Matthew Passions), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Alfredo and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Australian Premieres of Stations of the Cross – Brenton Broadstock, Fire on the Snow - Scott McIntyre and Requiem – Frigyes Hidas, as well as many performances as tenor soloist in the great oratorios of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Rossini and Schubert.
Benjamin has appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Astra Ensemble (Melbourne), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), the Lyric Opera of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, the Melbourne International Festival, the Melbourne Chorale, and Oz Opera. In addition Benjamin has performed live radio broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS FM and ABC Melbourne.
Benjamin’s career has seen him work with many internationally renowned performers and teachers including Barbara Bonney, Michael Chance, Jane Edwards, Rosamund Illing, Malcolm Martineau, Merlyn Quaife, Roger Vignoles and Sarah Walker.
Benjamin enjoys working with singers of all ages however prefers his younger singers to be over 15 when they commence lessons.
He teaches a classical vocal technique, focussing on a healthy, holistic approach to singing.
Ability to read music is preferred.
Former students have gone on to study at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and BAPA. Past students also include Melba Scholars and Lisa Gasteen Opera Summer School Alumni. Most recently, former student Nicholas Tolputt won the prestigious Australian Singing Competition and the major operatic prize at the Sydney Eisteddfod.