Benjamin Kruithof

Date of birth: 11.06.1999 kruithof_benjamin
Instrument: cello
Nationality: Luxembourgish
Competition:

Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists

2014
Prize:

Gold medal and SACEM prize

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Promoted by EMCY: Iserlohn master class 2016

Benjamin was born in Luxembourg and started the cello at the age of five with Raju Vidali at the Conservatoire du Nord in Ettelbruck. When he was twelve years old, he played his first solo concert with the orchestra of the Conservatoire du Nord. In the same year Benjamin entered the Young Talent Class in Maastricht with Mirel Iancovici.

In 2014 Benjamin participated in a master class with Maria Kliegel and in a master class with Niall Brown during the Menuhin Academy (Switzerland). The same year Benjamin entered the class of Catharina Deserno in the Musikhochschule Köln. He was also awarded this year the 1st Prize as well as the SACEM Prize at the Concours Luxembourgeaois Pour Jeunes Solistes (UGDA) with maximal points.

In 2015 Benjamin played as solist in Metz (France) with the orchestra of the Conservatoire of Esch (Luxembourg). He won the Special Price for young talent at the Knopf Competition in Düsseldorf (Germany). He was then awarded the 1st Prize, the Special Prize and the Public/Overall Prize at the Concours international Leopold Bellan in Paris. In October Benjamin played Saint-Saëns first concerto with an orchestra, under the direction of conducter Martin Elmquist.

In the year 2015-2016 Benjamin continued his studies in the Musikhochschule Köln with Maria Kliegel. In Luxemburg he studies with Niall Brown at the Conservatoire du Nord.

In 2016 Benjamin played for the European Community in Luxemburg and he aslo gave a recital in Saint-Cloud, Paris. In February he won the 1st Prize with the maximum points at the 'Prodige Art, Rampal' Competition in Luxemburg. In April he took part in a master class with Gustav Rivinius in Mondorf les Bains (Luxemburg) and in May in a master class with Daniel Müller-Schott in Echternach-Festival.

In July 2016 Benjamin was awarded the 1st Prize and the Special Prize at the Concours International Flame in Paris.

Repertoire

Solo

J.S. Bach, Suites Nos. 1,2,3

With piano

M. Bruch, Kol Nidrei
G. Fauré, Elégie
A. Glasunow , Chant du Menestrel (Op. 71)
D. Van Goens, Scherzo 
J. Klengel, Gigue
D. Popper, Concert Polonaise (Op. 14)
D. Popper, Fantasy on little Russian songs (Op. 43)
D. Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody (Op. 68)
C. Saint-Saëns, Allegro Appassionato (Op. 43)
C. Saint-Saëns, the Swan
D. Shostakovich, Cello Sonata in D minor (Op. 40)
P. I. Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso (Op. 62)

Chamber music

J. Brahms, Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor (Op. 38)
F. Francoeur, Cello Sonata in E Major
R. Schumann, 3 Fantasy pieces for Cello and Piano
A. Vivaldi, Cello sonata in E minor RV40

With orchestra

A. Dvorak, Cello Concerto (Op. 140)
G. Fauré, Elégie (Op. 24)
J. Haydn, Cello concert No. 1 in C Major, Hob.VII b1
E. Lalo, Cello Concerto in D minor
C. Saint- Saëns, Concerto No. 1 (Op. 33)
P. I. Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major (Op. 33)
A. Vivaldi, Concerto for two Cellos, RV531

If you are interested in working with Benjamin, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.

In October 2014 Benjamin enters the class of Catharina Deserno in the “Musikhochschule Köln”

For the “Concours Pour Jeunes Solistes 2014” Benjamin winns 1.price with max.points and the “Prix de Sacem”.

6.Februari 2015 Benjamin plays as soloist in Metz(fr.) with the orchester of Conservatoire Esch(lu.)

April 2015 Benjamin wins special price for young talent in the “Knopf” competition in Düsseldorf.(Ger.)

April/Mai 1.price ,special price and public/overall price in the “Concours international Leopold Bellan” in Paris.

In the year 2015/2016 Benjamin continues in the “Musikhochschule Köln” with Maria Kliegel .

In Luxemburg he studies with Niall Brown at the “Conservatoire du Nord”.

October 2015 Benjamin plays the 1.concerto of Saint-Saens with orchester and conducter,Martin Elmquist.

7-1 2016 Benjamin plays for the European Community in Luxemburg.

6-2 2016 recital in Saint-Cloud,Paris.

21-2 2016 Benjamin winns the 1.price with max.points in  the “Prodige Art,Rampal” competition in Luxemburg.

In April 2016 follows a masterclass with Gustav Rivinius in Mondorf les Bains,Luxemburg.

Mai 2016 masterclass with Daniel Müller-Schott in Echternach-Festival.

4-7 2016 Benjamin winns the 1.price and special price in the “Concours international Flame” in Paris.

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