Motivated by a diverse musical palate and burning passion to connect with people of all creeds through his music, violinist Benjamin Sutin finds himself in the most culturally varied city in the world, New York City. Since arriving here four years ago Benjamin has performed in Pandit Samir Chatterjee’s Robithakur (A Ballet on the Life of Tagore) at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater in November 2011, with drummer Ronnie Burrage, pianists George Burton and Benito Gonzalez, and most recently with Afro-Cuban pianist Larry Harlow and his restoration of Hommy - A Latin Opera at Lincoln Center Outdoors in July of 2014. In an effort to more fully realize his dream, Benjamin has started his own seven piece jazz band called “Klazz Ma Tazz” inspired by Klezmer, Eastern European Folk Music, Indian Music, and much more. While continuing to perform around the city in venues such as ShapeShifter Lab, their debut CD is planned to be released on September 1st, 2015 on “One Trick Dog Records”. This will be Benjamin’s 2nd release as a band leader, the first coming out in 2009 with his former group, The Passing Tones (who performed at events such as the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in 2008). The album was released under the title “My Pet Jade” and received rave reviews from jazz violinist, Jean Luc Ponty.
Meanwhile, with an equal love for rock n roll, Benjamin has made his way into the rock scene upon being called by Tommy Byrnes (Billy Joel’s Lead Guitarist) as a guest performer with Big Shot, the Billy Joel cover band at the TD Bank Amphitheater in Bensalem, PA. Prior to this he played in the NJ/PA/NY regional string section for the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s “Last Christmas Eve” Tour during the winter of 2012 and 2013, performing for sold out crowds in venues such as the Nassau Coliseum, Prudential Center and Wells Fargo Arena.
First of all just to say how impressed I am with Ben. He's going places. I
wouldn't say this lightly, and I rarely say it at all. But he's a very special kid,
and a special talent.”
- Christian Howes, Jazz Violinist
Ben is a terrific violinist, very fluent, and an excellent reader and improvisor.
He's also a pleasure to work with, personable and fully professional. If you
need a violinist, you should hire him!
- Lewis Porter, Ph.D.
Always swinging, always creative, and always a great hang! Ben Sutin is a
talented, hard-working, dedicated musician and one to watch...
- Benny Benack, Jazz Trumpeter
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Private Violin, Jazz Violin, and Piano Instructor
-$30.00 per half hour lesson. $60.00 per hour lesson. Hours negotiable.
Teach or have taught violin, viola and piano students from 4-40 years old at the following institutions and in the following facets. Have experience teaching students in the autism spectrum and specialize in creative problem solving regarding technical advancement in intermediate classical students as well as beginning to intermediate instruction in jazz and improvisation on violin, viola and cello. Jazz instruction includes philosophical approaches to groove based bowing, mastering the fingerboard, crafting creative and melodic improvisations and an intensive on music theory. Every lesson, regardless of style, level or instrument, is catered to the specific needs of each individual student.
Private Classical Violin Instructor @ Brooklyn Musical Arts, 2014-current
Violin Counselor @ Elisabeth Morrow School Summer String Festival, 2014 and 2015
Private & Group, Classical & Jazz Violin Instructor @ Harlem School of the Arts, 2013-current
Freelance Private Classical & Jazz, Violin & Piano Instructor 2013-current
Freelance Jazz String Clinician, 2013-current
Group Instructor & Creator of Violin Program @ Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem, 2013-2014
Resident Jazz String Instructor @ New Jersey School of Music, 2010-current
Entrance into the Middle School Jazz Academy @ “Jazz at Lincoln Center”
Entrance into the Carnegie Hill InnerSchoolOrchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall
Entrance into the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
References Available Upon Request:
- Judith Insell (Violist, Educator & Former Director of HSA Music Dept.) 917-364-2896, [email protected]
- Peter Rubie (Father of private student) 917-539-8686, [email protected]
- Lisa Carr (Mother of private student) 914-263-0828, [email protected]
- Jayne Weiner (Music Teacher @ Marlton Middle School) 609-605-2321, [email protected]