Born in 1987, Boston native Benjamin Park began his musical training on the piano, and
he began playing the French horn in high school. He began composing music on his
own, starting with piano pieces, and he soon composed an orchestral overture for a
high school play in which he also acted. Ben’s interest in math and science led to
undergraduate years at MIT, where he earned a dual degree in physics and music in
2010. He then earned a master’s degree and an artist diploma at the Hartt School at the
University of Hartford, where he studied composition with Larry Alan Smith, Robert Carl,
David Macbride, and Ken Steen. There he composed music for the school’s new music
ensemble and took part in collaborations with the Dance and Theater Divisions.

Ben is now completing the doctoral program at the New England Conservatory, where
he studies composition with Kati Agócs. His music has been premiered by the NEC
Wind Ensemble and by the NEC Orchestra, and his Huldufólk, for violin and chamber
orchestra, was performed in Reykjavík, Iceland, as part of the 2015 Dark Music Days
Festival. In 2017, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) premiered The Dwarf
Planets
(an addendum to Holst’s renowned suite), and during the following summer he
was composer-in-residence at the new Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder,
Colorado. He coordinates the Tuesday Night New Music series at NEC, and he teaches
theory and composition courses at NEC, Boston College, and MIT.