Benjamin Sheen is Associate Organist at St Thomas Church in New York City. Hailed as ‘brilliant’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik Prize at the St Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013.
Ben began his musical career as a chorister for six years at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, under the direction of John Scott, during which time he gained a music scholarship to Eton College. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School and is also a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the 2011 recipient of the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
After the untimely death of John Scott in 2015, Ben took up the posts of Acting Organist and Acting Director of Music of St Thomas Church, directing the choir on a domestic tour of the USA, and for performances at the AAM Convention in Stamford and AGO National Convention in Houston.
Ben’s growing international reputation has seen him perform throughout the USA, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In 2018, he was a featured artist at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and Orchestra of St Luke’s (New York City), and has appeared on BBC radio and television several times. Recent highlights include several complete performances of JS Bach’s Clavier-Übung III, with a live broadcast on New York’s classical radio station WQXR in 2014.