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Benjamin A. Wolff

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music


MM, 1997, Rice Univ; BA, 1993, Columbia University


Benjamin Wolff is adjunct Associate Professor of Cello at Hofstra University and a member of the Hofstra String Quartet. He performs as a modern and baroque cellist in the New York City area with Concert Royal, Early Music New York, and the American Classical Orchestra, among others.

As one of the first participants in a double degree program established by the Juilliard School and Columbia University, he studied cello and chamber music with Joel Krosnick and the Juilliard String Quartet, and graduated with a B.A. in history from Columbia College. From 1993 to 1995 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and was awarded its C.D. Jackson prize for excellence. He received his M.M. from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Norman Fischer.

In 1997 he founded the Foothills Chamber Music Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with violist Beth Oakes and pianist Rachel Matthews. For eight years he led the Festival as cellist and co-Artistic Director as it presented a celebrated series of summer performances, lectures and symposia at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, and the Delta Fine Arts Center.

In addition to his work as a cellist Ben often speaks on the connection between the arts, the sciences, and business. He has delivered programs on these subjects for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Center for Collaborative Organizations, the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown University, and Rice University in a special collaboration with NASA astronaut Dr. Donald Pettit.

He is a member of the National Speakers Association and, currently, is president of their New York City chapter.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 015P (CP) VIOLONCELLO Undergraduate
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