Composer

Roman Benedict is a composer and arranger based in London. He moved to London from Sydney to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then hung around to see what happened – since then, his compositions and arrangements have been performed in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, and broadcast on radio and online. His orchestral arrangements have been played by The Hallé, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, and education projects in the UK and Australia. He released his first album of string quartets, Eventide, in 2016 and a second album, Music to Ignore: Works for Solo Piano in 2020.

Prizes

  • 2014, FineMusicFM/Willoughby Symphony Composition Prize, AMCOZ Encouragement Award
  • 2013, Australian and New Zealand Viola Society Composition Competition, First Prize, Ensemble
  • 2013, Ars Musica Australis, Fellowship
  • 2011, PALM Awards, Classical Music 2nd Place, People’s Choice winner

Selected Works

Orchestra

  • Night Walk (2018) – Work for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra
  • Fishing Tune (2016) – Arrangement of traditional Chinese tune for china tours of The Halle and Britten Sinfonia
  • Jumping the Groove (2014) – Concerto for Violin, strings and percussion, won AMCOZ Encouragement Award

Chamber Music

  • Music to Ignore (2020) – Works for Solo Piano
  • The Alarming Spread of Poetry (2019) – for Actor and Quartet on text by PG Wodehouse
  • Eventide (2015) – Fantasia on Abide With Me for String Quartet and Electronics
  • Un/Winding (2013) – instrumental work workshopped by Chroma Ensemble
  • Entanglement (2012) – piano duet and percussion
  • Four (2011) – Viola quartet in three movements, won ANZVS composition competition

Choral

  • All We Like Sheep (2018) –  commissioned by Leichardt Espresso Chorus, re-imagining of Handel’s Messiah
  • Agnus Dei (2014) – Work for SATB choir and organ commissioned for a Catholic funeral service
  • Vox-Box (2013) – a new vocal work for mezzo soprano, violin and viola, premiered at Wigmore Hall
  • Mass (2010) – Choral Mass, won PALM awards peoples choice

Theatre/Dance

  • Urza and the Song in the Dark (2018) – Matriark Theatre Co. Co-composed with Kathryn Parker
  • Twelfth Night (2013) – Silk St Theatre dir. Patsy Rodenberg
  • Giving Space (2013) – The Place, contemporary dance collaboration with Joseph Toonga
  • Hamlet (2012) – Zenith Theatre dir. Paul Eastway
  • The 39 Steps (2011) – Sydney Fringe Festival, dir. Pierce Wilcox
  • Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (2009) – Verge Arts Festival dir. Pierce Wilcox

Portfolio

Production Music

Roman has written jingles and underscores for podcasts and theatre. Examples can be found on his soundcloud, with more information coming soon about production music for sale and use – contact me for more info!

Shop