Benjamin Marquise Gilmore Concert Master

Benjamin Marquise Gilmore grew up in England and studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and Altenberg trio. His father was the musicologist Bob Gilmore and his grandfather is the conductor Lev Markiz. 

He was awarded 1st prize at the Oskar Back violin competition in Amsterdam, and was a prize winner at the Joseph Joachim competition in Hannover and the Mozart competition in Salzburg, and as a soloist has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NDR Hannover, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

He is a dedicated chamber musician and has appeared at festivals such as Kuhmo, IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia and Styriarte, and his chamber music partners have included Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Richard Lester, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Benjamin Schmid, Miriam Fried and Gerhard Schulz. He has also worked with composers such as Giya Kancheli, Bernhard Lang, Guus Jansen, Gavin Bryars and Frank Denyer. 

A member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2011, Benjamin was appointed leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2016. He has performed with the SCO as soloist and director on several occasions and has been involved in the SCO’s chamber music series at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. He has also appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and as leader and director with the Camerata Salzburg. 

He is married to Hannah Shaw, a violist, and enjoys cooking and cycling, in both of which disciplines he makes up in enthusiasm what he lacks in proficiency.