An active and energetic performer in the saxophone world, Benjamin Learish appeals to an extensive audience through his music. Garnering a wide repertoire spanning numerous genres, both his solo and ensemble performances encapsulate the best of the classical and jazz music worlds. His understanding of these styles allows him to perform and compose works that are unique and captivating.
Benjamin Learish has accepted many performing opportunities. His latest includes a small ensemble performance of Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together at An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD on the Evolution Contemporary Music Series. He won second prize in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and is a regular member of the conservatory’s Wind Ensemble. He has also performed with The Peabody Jazz Orchestra as a soloist and ensemble member and done studio session work with the Johns Hopkins University. Benjamin also studies composition under the tutelage of Dr. Judah Adashi at the Peabody Institute.
Benjamin began formal study of the saxophone with jazz musician and teacher Rick Brunermer in Long Branch, NJ. Benjamin now lives in Baltimore, MD where he studies at the Peabody Institute with internationally acclaimed saxophonist and instructor, Gary Louie.
Benjamin obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. He received the Richard Franko Goldman Prize in performance and the Azalea H. Thomas Prize in music theory. Benjamin is now studying to complete a double masters degree in Saxophone Performance and Wind Conducting at the Peabody Institute. In addition, Benjamin plays the flute, piano, and clarinet, and loves performing all types of music for his friends and family.