Brian Bensing - Marja Mutru


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Brian Bensing, flute
Marja Mutru
, piano

Brian Bensing
Brian Bensing's unique flute playing has inspired and entertained audiences throughout the United States and abroad. A flutist with "a style all his own," (Gary Schocker), he has been heard in such prestigious venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Monokrome Flute Quartet, receiving brilliant reviews. Brian, a native of Concord, CA, began his music studies at the age of 6 with the piano. Hěs obsession with the flute began at age 9. While attending Biola Uníversity, Brian spent a semester at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England, where he played in the orchestra for Britten's War Requiem. Other overseas engagements include playíng flute and piccolo with the Orquesta Sinfonico in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1999, Brian won the concerto competition at San Jose State University and performed Mozart's Concerto for Flute in G Major with his own cadenzas. Throughout the course of his studies, Brian has participated in masterclasses with some of the world's best known flutists, inc1uding Julius Baker, Michel Debost, Gary Schocker, Keith Underwood, Trevor Wye, and Robert Stallman, to name just a few.

Preferring to specialize in contemporary music, Brian commissioned and premíered two new works by the composer Robert Denham. One is entitled High Meadow for solo flute and the other, which can be heard on his debut recordîng 'New,' is entitled Lament of Aeneas for alto flute and piano. Both works are dedicated to him. With the Monokrome Flute Quintet, he also premiered Míke Mower's Flute Quartet, which was commissioned and dedicated to Monokrome. At the 2002 National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C., Brian was featured in a performance of the C.P.E. Bach Sonata in a minor (the "Ghost" version) with flutist/composer Gary Schocker. Brian currently is on staff at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA, and plays with the Monokrome Flute Quartet.


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