For Cellist Benjamin Kruithof individuality and communication play a most important role in music. At a concert he focuses on the personal message. Each performance is regarded as a musical event where he wants to share a work’s emotions and thoughts with the audience. It comes with no surprise that great artists such as Rostropovich, Glenn Gould, and Jascha Heifetz are among his role models – their ability to communicate a personal message through music has always been an inspiration for him.
Benjamin was born into a musical family in Luxembourg in 1999. His parents – the mother is a violinist and the father a violist – enabled him an early access to classical music and took him to their rehearsals. At the age of four, Benjamin began to play the violin and switched to the cello in the following year. He received his first lessons from Raju Vidali at the Luxembourgian Conservatoire du Nord. Upon playing his first solo concert together with the conservatoire’s orchestra at the age of twelve, he made the definitive decision to pursue the career as a cellist.
Subsequently, Benjamin continued his lessons at the Young Talent Class with Mirel Iancovici at the Conservatorium Maastricht. In 2014, he began his university education at the Cologne University of Music and studied with Katharina Deserno and Maria Kliegel. Besides, he enhanced his education with Niall Brown at the Conservatoire du Nord. Since 2017 he studies with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts. His education has been accompanied by several master classes, where he received additional musical impulses: with Niall Brown at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Gustav Rivinius in Mondorf-les-Bains, with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival International Echternach, with Maria Kliegel at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the International Autumn Days of Music in Iserlohn, and, recently, with Jens Peter Maintz at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Moreover, he is a scholarship holder of the Music Academy and regularly attends the intensive study weeks.
Benjamin has successfully demonstrated his talent at international music competitions. His most recent success was the 1st prize as well as audience and orchestra prizes at the Grand Prix Anne et Françoise Groben in June 2017. In the previous year, he impressed at both the Parisian Concours Flame (1st prize and Prix spéciaux) and the Concours Prodige Art (1st prize). In 2015 he was honored with several awards at the Concours international Léopold Bellan (1st prize & special prize of the jury) and the International Knopf competition of the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Dusseldorf (special prize). Furthermore, he received both the 1st prize and the Prix de Sacem at the Concours luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes of the Ecole de Musique de l’UGDA in 2014.
Since Benjamin’s debut as a soloist in 2011, his activities brought him to concerts with the orchestra of the Conservatoire de Musique Esch in Metz, to the Kulturhaus Niederanven, where he performed Saint-Saens’ Cello concert No. 1 together with Martin Elmquist, to Parisian Saint-Cloud, and, as a laureate and member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), to the Young Talent concert in Luxembourg. In June 2017, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme together with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg at the philharmonic hall.