Long respected as a leading representative of classical singers, Ken Benson is returning to Artists Management to guide and develop the careers of exceptional young talent.
For 25 years, he headed his own Division as Vice-President at Columbia Artists Management, Inc.. There, he developed and built the careers of some of the leading singers and stage directors of the time. While there, he earned the trust and respect of his colleagues in opera companies, symphony orchestras, recital series and festivals throughout the US and internationally.
Known for his deep knowledge of singing and vocal repertoire, his philosophy is to carefully help each artist grow at their own individual pace, always with an eye on vocal health and long-term career development. He believes the artist/ manager relationship is built on trust and communication. Working with a very select group of artists will ensure the mentoring and attention each one deserves.
Ken Benson regularly gives classes and consultations at leading music conservatories and Young Artists Programs across the country, and he is in great demand as an adjudicator of many leading vocal competitions. In the 2014-15 season, Ken will serve as Career Consultant with Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program. He frequently acts as lecturer, interviewer and writer on the subject of opera. A long time regular panelist and host of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, he has also interviewed opera icons such as Stephanie Blythe and Jonas Kaufmann, and given lectures on Wagner's Ring Cycle on the stage of the Met.