Ben Westlake made his debut as a clarinet soloist with Spohr’s 2nd Concerto aged 12, and his London debut performing Weber’s Concertino with Southbank Sinfonia at the Cadogan Hall when he was 14.
His early successes included winning a Philharmonia Orchestra / MMSF fellowship and appearing as a woodwind finalist in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He later won the Buffet Crampon Prize at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed with orchestras including the National Orchestra of France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Founder of Kettner Concerts and the Kettner Philharmonic Orchestra, Ben made his full debut as an orchestral conductor in 2019. Ben worked as a consultant on Faber’s big new book “The Clarinet”, which won the Presto Music Award for Best Educational Publication of the Year 2022.