Benjamin Tufte

2022 Round Top Music Festival

Benjamin Tufte
Cedar City, Utah
University of Utah
Benjamin David Tufte recently completed a bachelor's degree in piano performance and composition at the University of Utah with Drs. Viktor Valkov and Devin Maxwell, respectively. He has previously studied composition with Drs. Manuela Meier, Igor Iachimciuc, and Luke Dahn and studied conducting with Conner Gray Covington, associate conductor of the Utah Symphony. He has also worked with the pianists Christopher O'Riley, Boris Berman, Norman Krieger, Angela Cheng, and Jon Kimura Parker in masterclasses.
In the summer of 2020, Mr. Tufte participated in Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest. He studied with pianists Inna Faliks, Anna Polonsky, Michelle Cann, and Reiko Aizawa. The following summer saw Mr. Tufte study at the Brevard Music Center with Terrence Wilson. Performances at Brevard included a masterclass with Michael Chertock and two recital appearances. He performed in collaborations with student composers at both institutions.
Mr. Tufte has won first prize in the Utah SummerArts Solo and Concerto Divisions and second prize in the Concerto and Chamber Music Divisions.
As a composer, Mr. Tufte has completed commissions from the Boston based marimba/bass clarinet duo Transient Canvas and for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. He was named as a finalist in the New York City Contemporary Music Symposium's call for solo piano scores in 2020. During the 2021-22 school year, he had compositions featured on both concerts for the U of U's Crosstalk concert series which features electronic and electroacoustic compositions by students studying composition at Utah universities. He has presented pieces in masterclasses with the composers Tamar Diesendruck, Arlene Sierra, and Jordan Kuspa.
Mr. Tufte will be beginning a master's degree in piano performance at the University of Indiana Bloomington Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Professor André Watts.