Oklahoma Baptist University— Violin and chamber music faculty
Oklahoma City Philharmonic —Section First Violin
The Highlands Duo
CSSMfaculty since 2007
DMA & BM (New England Conservatory), Diplom KA(Hochschule für Musik Freiburg)
Violinist Benjamin Shute has enjoyed diverse activities internationally on modern and period instruments. Solo engagements have included collaborations with modern- and period-instrument orchestras in the States and Europe in concertos from the 17th to 20th centuries (e.g. Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius). As chamber musician, he has served on the faculty of festivals in the USA, France, Italy, and Japan and been enriched by collaborations with diverse colleagues including orchestral principals (Pittsburgh, RAI Turin, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Boston Baroque), chamber musicians (Parker, Jasper, Formosa, Blair, Carpe Diem, Diderot quartets), and faculty of conservatories in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey. He performs regularly on baroque violin with harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar as the Highlands Duo, with whom he has appeared at venues including Schloss Bad Krozingen, Landgrafenschloss Marburg, Wheaton Conservatory, Dickinson College, and other venues throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest states. Orchestral activities include serving as concertmaster/soloist with the Boston Chamber Orchestra, the conductorless Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, TACTUS, and the orchestras of the New England Conservatory and Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. He also served as co-founding director of the NEC Early Music Society from 2009 to 2012 and presently holds a tier A first violin position with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
A committed teacher, he has held posts at Dickinson College, Cairn University, Cecil College, and Oklahoma Baptist University and made guest appearances at institutions including MIT, Rutgers, Bucknell, and other universities in Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
After early training with Kathleen Hastings and Lee Snyder, he studied at the New England Conservatory and the state conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt, where his principal teachers included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker), Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin), Lucy Chapman, and Masuko Ushioda.
Among his other activities, he is author of the book Sei Solo: Symbolum? The Theology of J. S. Bach’s Solo Violin Works (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2016) and has published critical editions including reconstructions of J. S. Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto BWV 1052R and incompletely surviving D-major sinfonia BWV 1045 through PRB Productions. His compositions have been heard at venues including the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (UK) and can be found on IMSLP.