Ben Norris was born in Perth, Scotland, and began his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (junior department) with Joanne Green and Tony Moffat before going on to study
at the Royal College of Music (London) with Yossi Zivoni, Radu Blidar and Lucy Russell.
Ben has a diverse performance schedule which sees him playing as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. Recent concertos have included Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (Perth Symphony Orchestra), Vivaldi and Piazzolla Seasons (Ruthven festival) and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (Tayside Symphony Orchestra).
Chamber appearances and recitals have included guest directing London Concertante (as soloist in the Four Seasons, Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Bottesini Grand Duo Concertante amongst others), SCO Supporters' concerts, performances at Perth Festival of the Arts, Leeds International Concert Series, London Handel Festival, Palace of Versailles (France), and performances in Italy and Australia, as well as broadcasts on the Radio and TV througout Europe.
Ben holds positions in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, leader of the Glasgow New Music Expedition, 1st violin of the Brodick Quartet, and regular director of London Concertante. He can also been seen performing with other ensembles around the country including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English National Opera and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Ben plays a 2015 Neil Ertz violin, a 1990 David Rubio violin and bows by Martin Devillers and Jutta Walcher.
Cottiers Chamber Project, June 2016
"And the Norris Quartet...penetrated and exposed the heart of Shostakovich’s 13th and 14th String Quartets with such feeling and perspicacity (the best I’ve heard since the early days of the Belcea Quartet) that by 10 o’clock I was laying into [festival director] to get them back. They were stunning. No reservations." Michael Tumelty, The Herald
Schubert Rondo in A, London Concertante, December 2015
"Thanks to his profound understanding of the piece and his mathematical precision, Norris gradually disclosed the magic at its heart, clearly a revelation precious to Schubert..." The Express
Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Tayside Symphony Orchestra, June 2013
"Max Bruch’s ‘Scottish Fantasia’ for violin and orchestra...provided the soloist with the opportunity for a wonderful display of virtuosity. Ben Norris’s playing was exceptional..." Forfar Dispatch
Vivaldi and Piazzolla seasons, Ruthven Festival, June 2013
"Ben performed two versions of Spring and Summer, both of diverse form and structure, but played with equal skill and impressive technique. " Garry Fraser, The Courier
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Perth Symphony Orchestra, November 2012
"Ben's peerless technique and phenomenal articulation allowed every note and gesture to speak directly." Ian Stuart-Hunter, Perthshire Advertiser
Ensemble Amaranthos, Cambridge Handel Festival, October 2011
"The most impressive performance, however, came after the interval, with the violinist Ben Norris displaying fine virtuosity in Marin Marais’s Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont de Paris." William Hartston, Musica Antiqua
Perth Festival of the Arts, May 2011
"His playing of Shostakovich’s Preludes was idiomatic and authoritative, while his touching and tender performance of Mozart’s little E minor Sonata...was very profound."
Michael Tumelty, The Herald
"A wonderfully rich and powerful performance."
Peter Rutterford, Perthshire Advertiser
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