Ben Opie is an oboist whose talents extend across the entire repertoire for oboe. He has performed in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia as a soloist, orchestral musician and in collaborative projects with a diverse range of artists. His work across the globe has earned him multiple awards and recognitions, such as the Phyllis C Wattis Foundation Scholarship, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music award for new music, the 42nd International Summer Course for New Music Scholarship, Darmstadt and the Inaugural Double Reed Challenge, section Oboe winner in Brisbane.
In 2012 and 2013 Ben was acting associate principal oboe with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe with OzOpera. He has also worked with most of the Australian symphony orchestras.
His collaborative efforts have led him to work with a range of creative artists such as producer Gretchen Miller on her Radio National documentary The Ariadne Project; Michael Bardon and the Myriad Ensemble at Adelaide’s Feast Festival; and with Sydney Chamber Opera for their production I Have Had Enough. He also worked with countless poets as part of the Breathing Space project in which he was both performer and associate director.
“...the soothing strings and plangently rich oboe solo (Benjamin Opie) of the introduction of Bach’s cantata, soothed the soul...” [Sydney Morning Herald December 2011]