Cellist Benjamin Noyes grew up in Portland, inheriting a rich musical/pedagogical heritage from his parents. He found local acclaim immediately and while attending Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Irene Sharp invited him to study at San Francisco Conservatory's preparatory division. He won numerous awards, including top prizes in NFAA's ARTS Recognition, National Federation of Music Clubs, and National ASTA competitions, as well as being selected by Yo-Yo Ma to participate as soloist and recitalist throughout China, performing with the Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzen and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. As a fellowship recipient he attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Festival, and Meadowmount. As an undergraduate, he attended Eastman School of Music, received his BM from Rice University and his MM from Northwestern University, where he participated in the Chicago Symphony's Civic Orchestra, playing under maestros Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Daniel Barenboim. He held a position with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and various summer opera orchestras for five years before moving to Virginia to focus on teaching and performing.
After a year playing with the Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke Opera Orchestra and The Miami Symphony, and teaching as adjunct faculty at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Ben is building a private studio in Maine and continues to garner acclaim for performances of solo recital programs, chamber ensemble concerts and various non-classical ventures. His career with the cello has led him to collaborations and performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as teaching, coaching, and motivating individuals of all ages and professions.