Benjamin Geller

Benjamin Geller
Viola
Associate Principal
Benjamin Geller

Principal violist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra since 2014, Benjamin Geller regularly performs as a soloist in the orchestra and as a chamber musician in the Charlotte area. Geller began violin lessons at age three at the Music Academy of Rockford, Illinois. He continued his training at Butler University with Larry Shapiro and formally took up viola with Michael Isaac Strauss as well as a jazz minor with Mark Buselli. He earned his master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Following graduation, he was awarded a fellowship to the New World Symphony in Miami. His first professional engagement took him to New Zealand, where he was associate principal violist of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. While there, Geller also served as principal of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and performed as soloist with both orchestras. He then returned to the U.S., joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra viola section for two seasons before his appointment in Charlotte. Geller also performs in the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra in Phoenix. Geller has also performed in the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Interharmony International Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. Geller plays on an award-winning viola made by Theodore Skreko in 2007 and bow by Matthew Wehling made in 2008. Geller has been on the faculty of EMF since 2015.

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