Mr. Benjamin Burgdorf

Viola, Violin Teacher

Benjamin Burgdorf

SAA Member


Brookline, MA
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Benjamin Davis is an artist seeking to expand the possibilities and alter modern perceptions of classical music. This is accomplished through his involvement in the Twin Cities community as a performer, educator and administrator.

As a performer, he is the violist of Lux String Quartet (named 2015-16 Classical MPR Class-Notes Artist), the Quad City Symphony, an improviser in both the viola/cello duo Wormwood and Improvestra, and a frequent collaborative soloist with composers and artists both locally and nationally.

As an administrator, he serves as Artistic Director of the Oskaloosa Music Festival. He also organized events for Classical Revolution Twin Cities from 2012-2013.

As an educator, he offers private lessons for violists and violinists in the Bloomington School District, City of Lakes Waldorf School, and Sarah Jane’s Music School. He also occasionally picks up the baton to conduct youth ensembles in regional orchestra festivals. During the summers, he has been on faculty at Pioneer High School Orchestra Camp hosted at Interlochen.

Davis began his viola studies at the age of 9 with Bruce McLellan, and by the age of 16 had his soloist debut with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He has had the privilege to study performance with Charles Miranda and Dr. Jonathan Sturm of the Des Moines Symphony, as well as Thomas Turner of the Minnesota Orchestra. He finished his collegiate studies with a B.M. in Viola Performance at the University of Minnesota under the instruction of Korey Konkol. In 2010, while in attendance at the Chautauqua Institution, Davis had the privilege of receiving instruction from both Carol Rodland and Roland Vamos.
Ever in love with life-long learning, he continued independent private study with Sabina Thatcher from 2014-2016.
As a teacher, he has studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Nancy Lokken at the Ottawa Suzuki Strings and Ann Smelser at Chicago Suzuki Institute.

During his school years, Davis frequently served as principal viola for both the University Symphony Orchestra and University Opera Theater. In the Spring of 2012, he performed in the chamber ensemble of Britten’s War Requiem and represented the University of Minnesota in a collaborative performance with musicians of the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany.

Davis proudly performs on an award winning 16 3/8″ Brescian model viola after Da Salo made by New York based luthier, Jason Viseltear.
He commissioned Northfield based archetier, Matthew Wehling, to make his bow. The work of these living master craftsmen, when put together, sounds like a gourmet meal with perfectly paired wines!