Ben leads a busy and diverse musical life as a performer, teacher and composer internationally
Ben Hoadley leads a busy career on both sides of the Tasman as a performer on modern and historical bassoons, educator and composer. He has taught at the University of Auckland School of Music since 2007, spending several years as Coordinator of Woodwind, and is regularly invited to teach and present masterclasses throughout Australasia and abroad. In 2017 he was an Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
He has taught at ANAM, The Australian Youth Orchestra, New Zealand School of Music Te Kōki, the Hartt School of Music University of Hartford, and in 2019 served as Acting Lecturer in bassoon at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he remains as Casual Lecturer for historical bassoon.
Ben studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He completed postgraduate studies on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the first wind player in over a decade to receive the school’s prestigious Artist Diploma. While in the USA he served as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, also performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra.
He presented several recital tours for the Piatigorsky Foundation, New York, as a recipient of their Young Artist Scholarship, and held fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Centre and Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ben has spent time in Europe, serving for a year as co-principal bassoon with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, studying historical bassoon in Italy and Switzerland and playing with the Royal Seville Symphony in Spain.
Ben has performed as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia
Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra,
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra,
Auckland Philharmonia, The Hallé Orchestra (UK) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
A regular recital and concerto soloist, Ben performed and recorded Alex Taylor’s Bassoon Concerto with
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which he previously premiered with the Auckland Chamber
Orchestra. Also with the ACO, in 2017 he gave the Australasian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto
for Bassoon and Low Strings. Ben’s CDs include “Arapatiki” – music of Gillian Whitehead, which was a
finalist in the 2013 NZ Music Awards, “Southern Invention” – bassoon music from Australia and NZ (both
for Atoll), 6 Quartets for bassoon and strings by Joseph Michl (Naxos) and the Mozart Bassoon Concerto
with the Omega Ensemble (ABC Classics).
He has given recitals at several of the International DoubleReed Society (IRDS) conventions and is frequently heard on Radio NZ Concert and ABC Classic FM.