Benjamin Shute

Violin Faculty

  • DMA & BM – New England Conservatory
  • KA Diplom – Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
  • Assistant Professor of Music – Oklahoma Baptist University

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, violinist Benjamin Shute has performed internationally on modern and period instruments as concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles.  After early training with Kathleen Hastings and Lee Snyder, he studied at the New England Conservatory and the conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt, where his teachers included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic), Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin), Lucy Chapman, and Masuko Ushioda.  Prior to joining the OBU faculty in summer 2016, he taught at Cairn University, Dickinson College and Cecil College as well as summer festivals in Italy, France, and Japan.  He is the author of the book Sei Solo: Symbolum? The Theology of J. S. Bach’s Solo Violin Works (Pickwick, 2016) in addition to critical reconstructions of J. S. Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto (BWV 1052R) and incompletely surviving D-major Sinfonia (BWV 1045), published by PRB Productions.