Professor of Guitar at the Yale University School of Music and Artistic Director of the biennial Yale Guitar Extravaganza, with generous support from the D’Addario Foundation since 1985, and Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series (NYC) since 2006, Benjamin Verdery is hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career.
Since 1980 he has performed worldwide in theaters and at festivals, including Theatre Carré and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Wigmore Hall (London), Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco (Mexico), Iserlohn Festival in Germany, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall (New York). His tours regularly take him throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as John Williams, Herman Prey, Andy Summers, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Frederic Hand, William Coulter, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Bryce Dessner and most recently Hip Hop artist Billy Dean Thomas.
As a recording artist, Verdery has released over 15 CDs. His latest include Happy Here (2011), with William Coulter, First You Build A Cloud (2007), a collaboration with Andy Summers of The Police, and Branches (2007), a solo album featuring arrangements of Bach, Mozart, Strauss and Hendrix. His recording of his solo compositions Start Now won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award.
Ben has been commissioned and recorded by some of the world’s foremost guitarist including the Assad Brothers, David Russell, John Williams and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. His piece Ellis Island for guitar ensemble has had numerous performances around the world and most recently featured on NYC’s New Sounds Live.
In 2007 Ben was appointed an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the summer of 2016 marks the 18th anniversary of his annual Maui Master Class on the island of Maui, Hawaii.