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Polymnia Quartet

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Benjamin Hart

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Benjamin Hart began playing violin at age five in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2013, he has resided in New Orleans, playing Associate Concertmaster for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN. He was previously a member of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made summer festival appearances at the Britt Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Kent Blossom Festival, and Vanderbilt Music Academie in Aix en Provence. He has been a featured soloist with the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, Vanderbilt University Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic. Benjamin earned a Masters in Music from Indiana University in 2012, where he studied with Alexander Kerr. He received a Bachelors degree with honors from Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Christian Teal.



Benjamin maintains a busy schedule outside of orchestra. During the past two seasons he served as Vice President and Secretary of the Louisiana Philharmonic. He has been deeply involved with chamber music since childhood, beginning with his sibling ensemble, Harts on Strings. In 2008, he helped found the Ars Nova String Quartet, touring the US and Europe over several years. In 2015, he joined with colleagues in New Orleans to form the Polymnia String Quartet, performing a variety of repertoire around the area. He has also received recognition as a composer and arranger. Benjamin teaches violin students of all ages and abilities. He is a registered Suzuki teacher, and maintains a small private studio. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Gretna, Louisiana.




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