Benjamin C.S. Boyle
Benjamin C.S. Boyle's work encompasses a large variety of genres including opera, orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, art songs, and works for piano. Works have been commissioned and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Kobe City Orchestra, the Crossing Choir and many others the world over. In 2008, at the piano, he gave the US premiere of his Sonata-Fantasy with violinist Tim Fain at the Kennedy Center in Washington and Merkin Hall in New York. He was composer-in-residence with Young Concert Artists from 2005-7 and represented by them for many years. He is particularly noted for his composition of art songs. A compendium of these works (Complete Songs and Melodies 1998-2014) including some 60 songs was published in 2016 by Rassel Editions.
His formative studies in composition, harmony, counterpoint, and analysis were under the guidance of Dr. Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School. He was trained in the method of Nadia Boulanger has been the Associate Director of the Nadia Boulanger Institute of the European American Musical Alliance since 2003.
At the age of 25, Dr. Boyle was the youngest person ever to receive a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Composition, after completing a M.M. from The Peabody Conservatory and a B.M. from the University of South Florida where he studied piano with Robert Helps.
Dr. Boyle is Faculty in Composition, Keyboard Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis at the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris. He maintains a lively private studio in Philadelphia and around the world via Skype. He created and directs Analysis Salon, a music theory lecture series now in its fifth season.