Ben is an active performing classical guitarist, providing music for a wide variety of occasions including weddings, art gallery openings, corporate events and fundraisers. His vast repertoire includes light classical and romantic music, older pop and rock songs, Bach suites, and much more. Ben is currently a masters student at Florida State University studying Classical Guitar Performance with Bruce Holzman.
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Ben was very responsive and attentive to all of my concerns. This was our first time hiring a solo artist. He worked well with our group and was very professional. Ben is a very talented artist and his playing made our event a night to remember.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Performs a wide style ranges from classical, Spanish/flamenco, jazz, and pop for any and all events.
At age six, Ben Lougheed’s mother wanted him to start instrumental music lessons, and gave him the choice of piano, violin, or guitar. With dreams of being a rock star, Ben chose the guitar. Twelve years later, as a senior in High School, Ben realized that he wanted music to be his career when he played in collaboration between the University of Michigan Musical Society and a local teen performance center. The performance took place at one of the largest halls on the University’s campus and was filled beyond capacity, upwards of 1,500 people. Scheduled between a traditional Indian dancer and a start-up indie band, Ben performed Recuerdos del Alhambra to raucous applause and rave reviews. It is an experience he will never forget.
Ben has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his marvelous playing and gorgeous sound. He has enjoyed success all over the east coast in his multi-faceted career.
Not confined to the classical realm, Ben has performed in an Off Broadway show in Baltimore and New York called “Simply Complicated: The Elegant Escapades of a Danish Israeli Tank Commander”. He has also performed regularly for the Peabody community outreach program “Creative Access.” In addition to his solo work, Ben was a founding member of Gentlemen’s Quarterly Guitar Quartet (GQGQ). A Baltimore based ensemble, GQGQ “dazzled the audience through their stylish and passionate performances” and has been favorably compared to the world-famous LAGQ.
Ben studied for 12 years with groundbreaking Suzuki teacher Mary Lou Roberts, president of the Suzuki Board and an international clinician. As a Suzuki student he participated in group class lessons with younger children, which sparked his interest in teaching, leading him to earn his certification as a Suzuki teacher,
Ben has been awarded numerous scholarships, including the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Guitar to attend the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with world-renowned teacher and current department chair, Julian Gray, earning his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State, where he is studying with Bruce Holzman, recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame. He has participated in master classes with some of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Denis Azabagic, and Martha Masters.
Additional Booking Notes
AKG C 535 EB Stage Microphone
Portable music stand
Past Booked Events
|May 31, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
• Recuerdos del Alhambra by Tarrega
• Cavatina from The Deer Hunter by Myers
• Sevillana by Torroba
• Assortment of movements from Lute Suites by J.S. Bach
• Winter, Second Movement and Spring, First Movement from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
• Various Beatles tunes including: Yesterday, Hello/Goodbye, Here Comes the Sun, Penny Lane, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
• Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach
• Pavane by Faur
• Capricho Arabe by Tarrega
Popular Selections for Weddings
• Pachelbel’s Canon
• Air on the G String by Bach
• Bridal Chorus by Wagner
• Minuet from the String Quartet by Boccherini
• Prince of Denmark’s March by Clarke
• Wedding March by Mendelssohn
Influences & Inspiration
Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, John Williams, The Beatles, Rodrigo y Gabriela
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