Ben Loeb

Benjamin Loeb

Though since 2013 Benjamin Loeb serves primarily as the Executive Director of the Quad City (Iowa) Symphony Orchestra, he is also an accomplished soloist, accompanist, conductor, arranger, educator, and administrator. His piano performances has been heralded by the Boston Globe: “[his] vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that [makes] this music live.”  Last May, he performed Morton Gould’s Interplay with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the invitation and under the direction of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. He has also collaborated as concerto soloist with many other conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Carl St. Clair, and Rossen Milanov. His widely varied projects range from concerts of Beethoven and Bruckner Symphonies to recordings with Yo-Yo Ma of Italian 16th century madrigalists to tours with popular rock musicians to world premieres of the most cutting-edge avant-garde contemporary music.

At the invitation of United States Department of State, Loeb toured Argentina and Uruguay as an Artistic Ambassador, performing recitals of the music of Scott Joplin and giving master classes and workshops with youth orchestras and young musicians.  He has recorded for Naxos (both as soloist and collaborative pianist), CBC and the DSCLabel.  He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory in Conducting, as a student of Gustav Meier, a Master in Music from the Curtis Institute and a Doctor in Musical Arts from the Juilliard School in Accompanying and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

He recently served as Executive Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and as Music Director of the 2011 New Hampshire Music Festival.  As Associate Conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Loeb founded and served as both Executive and Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras – El Paso’s only national-level, NEA-recognized, multiple-orchestra system serving the best young musicians in the El Paso, southern New Mexico and Juarez region. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, now in its thirteenth year, hosted by orchestras around the world, most recently the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in Zlin, Czech Republic.

He lives in Davenport, Iowa with his wife, Quyen, his 9-year-old daughter, Anna Sofia Uni, his 6 1/2-year-old, Lulu Ladybug, and 4-year-old son Ryan “Taco”.  He continues occasionally to concertize worldwide as pianist, conductor, educator and arts advocate.  Loeb’s far-ranging interests do not limit him to music; he has directed plays, cooked gourmet meals for 65, tutored over 500 people in test preparation for the Princeton Review, and played and enjoyed almost every sport.  He is also an active member of the Rotary.  Moreover (or most important), he is a lifetime Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Benjamin Loeb with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra

Updated Monday, June 27, 2016

Hollywood Chamber Orchestra co-Music Directors Noah Gladstone and Mark Robertson are pleased to announce the third concert of their 2016 summer season on Sunday, July 10th, when Conductor and pianist Benjamin Loeb joins the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595; and brings with him singers Eleni Matos, mezzo-soprano, and Tyler Duncan, baritone, to perform Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Visual artist Paolo Miccichè’s work will be on display during the Mahler song cycle.  In addition, Mr. Loeb will lead the orchestra in Mahler’s tragic movement Adagietto, from his masterful Symphony No. 5.

This marks the first appearance of a piano soloist, as well as singers, with the HCO.

Benjamin Loeb, pianist & conductor 
Eleni Matos, mezzo-soprano
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Paolo Micciché, Visual Director 

Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595 
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Tickets are $45/$35 and can be purchased online at or please call (323) 461-6999

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