Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg

Benjamin Wenzelberg Head Shot

Benjy is a Conductor, Countertenor, Composer, Pianist, US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and sophomore at Harvard University. He is proud to be a Co-Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra for the second season. He was honored to make his conducting debut with the Boston Pops this summer, conducting the Overture to Candide at Boston Symphony Hall. This summer he was selected to participate in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in Orchestral Conducting with Marin Alsop, and is also proud to have won the 2018 Ink Still Wet Composer/Conductor Competition at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, conducting one of his compositions for full orchestra after another was performed last winter by the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall. His first composition written for period instruments will be premiering with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra this fall, as well as a piano/vocal version he will be singing and playing of the same piece. Benjy is Music Directing Massenet’s Cendrillon with Harvard College Opera, after having performed the role of Prince Orlofsky last season in their production of Die Fledermaus. He is a proud member of Harvard’s University Choir. Last season, Benjy was the Chorus Master/Répétiteur of Lowell House Opera, New England’s oldest opera company, for their production of Le Comte Ory. He was the soloist in Chichester Psalms at Bernstein Centenary Celebration concerts, both at Sanders Theatre at Harvard and at David Geffen Hall in NYC. Benjy conducted and performed in a public performance of La Traviata, and is proud to have Music Directed, Directed, and conducted/accompanied from the piano professional performances in NYC and NJ of his ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award-winning opera for family audiences, The Sleeping Beauty. His vocal awards include from the National YoungArts Foundation and from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Juilliard Pre-College eight-year composition major, he has performed as a soloist and chorister with the Metropolitan Opera for eight seasons, and as a soloist with companies/venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The New World Center, NY City Opera, NY Philharmonic, and Atlanta Opera.

Maestro Wenzelberg can be reached at  benjaminwenzelberg@college.harvard.edu.