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[Postponed] ANAM Soundbite: Benjamin Saffir (double bass)

When

Tuesday 12 April 2022
1pm-2:15pm

Where

Rosina Auditorium

Cost

$5 or Free for ANAMates members

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When

Tuesday 12 April 2022
1pm-2:15pm

Where

Rosina Auditorium

Cost

$5 or Free for ANAMates members

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Website

anam.com.au/whats-on/events/soundbite-2

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Soundbites are a series of hour-long lunchtime concerts curated and performed by musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), featuring diverse solo and chamber repertoire. They are open to the public and are a space for musicians to present their own artistic vision with ANAM’s support.

This month’s Soundbite features a program curated by double bassist Benjamin Saffir. Together with his fellow ANAM musicians, Ben explores the classic and the contemporary, featuring Beethoven’s Septet and a David Bruce’s Steampunk.

About

Benjamin Saffir was born into a musical family in Sydney and started playing classical guitar at the age of five. After successfully auditioning for the Conservatorium High School in 2010, he began learning the double bass with Kees Boersma. From 2016-19 Ben undertook a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2020, Ben relocated to Melbourne to commence training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Damien Eckersley.

Recent highlights include performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Momentum Ensemble. Ben has been the recipient of the Henry Jacono Memorial Scholarship in 2014 and the Michael Bannigan Scholarship in 2016. In 2020, Ben was awarded a Highly Commended for the ANAM Concerto Project for his performance of the Tubin Double Bass Concerto.

In addition to performance, Ben has composed a number of commissions for orchestras and chamber ensembles, such as Fantasia on Moreton Bay (Barker College Chamber Orchestra 2016), The Gigue’s Up (National Music Camp Violin Quartet 2018) and Botany Bay (Willoughby Symphony 2018). In 2016, Ben wrote an arrangement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana for eight double basses that was premiered by a group of Sydney Conservatorium bassists.

Accessibility

The Rosina Function Space is wheelchair accessible through the Rosina Courtyard entrance.

Gender-neutral and accessible toilets are available close to the venue.

Please also see the Convent’s COVID Safe Plan here