An alum of the 2019 Heifetz Institute, Benjamin Maxwell is from Durham, N.C., where he began playing cello in middle school. Studying with Nancy Green, he played in several chamber groups as well as with the Youth Symphony at the Duke University String School. He graduated high school in 2017 from UNCSA, where he studied with Dr. Brooks Whitehouse for his junior and seniors. He is a winner of the spring 2015 DUSS concerto competition, a finalist in the spring 2016 UNCSA concerto competition, the winner of the 2016 Music Academy of North Carolina Violin and Cello Competition and the winner of the 2017 NC ASTA competition.
He has enjoyed playing for two years in the NCMEA High School All-State Honors Orchestra, and with the summer 2015 World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ben studied with Heifetz faculty member Hans Jørgen Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music during the summer of 2016 and was a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2017, studying with Richard Aaron and Darrett Adkins. Ben currently attends the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Heifetz faculty member and Borromeo String Quartet cellist Yeesun Kim.