BIOGRAFIE

Benjamin von Reiche was born in New York und grew up in Germany, France and the United States. He received piano lessons at an early age and began singing in various choral formations under the batons of Georg Dieterich, Uwe Gronostay, and Jörg-Peter Weigle. He received his initial voice training from Mark Gruett at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

 

He went on to study singing and orchestral conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. His teachers have included Lorraine Manz (voice), Bridget Michaele-Reischl, and James Kalyn (conducting). Hugh Floyd instructed him on matters of choral conducting. Marylin Horne, Richard Miller, Howard Lubin and Wolfgang Millgramm contributed greatly to the development of his artistic profile as a singer, while Michael Christie taught and encouraged him to pursue the path of conducting as well.

 

During the 2007 Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Benjamin got to work with established musical personalities such as Christopher Hogwood and Bobby McFerrin. In 2012, he was a laureate of the International Richard-Wagner-Society.

 

Over the course of his studies and the ensuing professional engagements, he embodied a great number of roles, reflecting his versatility across the genres of opera, operetta, musical, and theater.

 

Over the course of his conducting studies, he acquired a broad repertoire including works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák and Strawinsky. He finished his studies with a concert featuring Vivaldi's Credo and a selection of Schubert-songs for a mixed chorus.

 

Following the completion of his studies in the U.S., he chose to take on a number of singing engagements as a soloist with various opera companies in Germany, amongst them the Kammeroper Frankfurt, the Bad Hersfeld opera festival, the Landesbühnen Sachsen in Radebeul, and finally, the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz.

 

He also remains a committed concert-singer and avid recitalist. Being particularly fond of French song, he performed the entire oeuvre for high voice by Henri Duparc in a recital in 2014.

 

As a conductor, he was most recently seen directing players of the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie and ensemble members from the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in performances of the Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky at the 22nd International Street Theater Festival ViaThea in Görlitz, Germany. 

 

He is also an active pianist, appearing frequently as an accompanist, and in various musical formations, such as the Görlitz-based Kränzl Stränd Kläzmer Bänd, as well as the newly founded Berlin-based ensemble petit SALONG, whom he also serves as an arranger.