Benjamin Brody (b. 1985 Paterson, NJ) New York based Multi-Instrumentalist-Composer started teaching himself guitar at an early age and continued his studies on the French horn with renowned horn player RJ Kelley and Erik Ralske, Principle of The Metropolitan Opera. Brody quickly became an avid freelance horn player in New York City performing regularly with ensembles such as The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, The Bronx Opera Company, Orchestra of the Bronx, Project Opera of Manhattan, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Clarion Music Society (Period Instruments), and the Chelsea Symphony.
Brody can also be seen performing and recording with artists such as Daniel Rossen from Grizzly Bear, Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond, Josh Garrels, The Kid Daytona, Snowmine, and is a current member, playing guitar and horn, with Hip-Hop brass band Pitch Blak Brass Band. Also, in the spring of 2009 Brody worked with comedian Zach Galifianakis, arranging/performing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” for four French horns at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Brody’s music has been described as a “Kaleidoscope of sound” by Eric Ewazen during the 2012 premiere of Brody’s 3 movement orchestral work “The Spaces Between”. His compositions have been performed at venues such as 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Bowl, Galapagos Art Space, The Cell, Gershwin Hotel, 73 See Art Gallery, Knox Art Gallery in Harlem, and intimate venues alike. Other premiers and performances include Expressions of Night based on Elie Wiesel’s Novel Night (The Chelsea Symphony, 2009), Prelude (The Chelsea Symphony, 2009), Birth for Solo Electric guitar and solo dancer (Montclair State University, 2010), Indecision (chamber version, Detour New Music 2011).
Brody holds degrees from Montclair State University in composition (MA ’12) where he studied with Robert Aldridge and Scott Richards, and Manhattan School of Music (BM ’08) in French horn performance where he studied with Erik Ralske