Robert Benton, a compelling performer among many in the emerging generation of euphoniumists, is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in euphonium performance at the University of Michigan. Robert also holds a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. His primary teachers have been Kenneth Kroesche, Steven Mead, Phil Sinder, and Fritz Kaenzig. Robert garners accolades wherever he goes, winning several concerto competitions in a variety of venues.
In 2008, he competed in the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Brass Competition, where he was a finalist. He has been a guest artist at several tuba euphonium conferences, including the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba Euphonium Conference, among others. As can be seen from the track listing for this disc, Robert is devoted to new music, and is active in commissioning and premiering new works for the euphonium in a variety of mediums. Robert’s plans for the future are to promote the euphonium as a solo instrument not only through concerts, competitions, recitals and recordings, but also by training the next generation of tubists and euphoniumists as a teacher at the university level. Robert Benton is a Buffet-Crampon/Besson USA Performing Artist and Clinician