Musician in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Juno-nominated trumpeter Ben Promane is an emerging young artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed with many professional ensembles including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Art of Time Ensemble, Talisker Players, Shaw Festival Orchestra, the Canadian Brass and the Order of Canada Jazz Orchestra among others. He performed in the orchestra for CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music with performances in Kingston, Toronto, and Taiwan. In the spring, he will join the orchestra in performances of THE OVERCOAT: A Musical Tailoring, a Tapestry Opera co-production with Canadian Stage and the Vancouver Opera.
A 2014 finalist in the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition and 2015 prizewinner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition, Ben is an active solo and chamber recitalist having recently performed in Heliconian Hall, Walter Hall, Islington United Church, Mazzoleni Hall and Koerner Hall main stage.
Ben has been fortunate to play with many of Canada’s leading festival orchestras. He spent summers studying at the Domaine Forget Brass Academy, and as Co-Principal Trumpet with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Ben earned an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School under the apprenticeship of Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Andrew McCandless. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he studied with Anita McAlister and Jim Spragg.
A passionate teacher, Ben was Ethan Hawke’s trumpet instructor during his preparation for the role of Chet Baker in the film “Born to Be Blue.“ He currently teaches music at the Bayview Glen School and is the brass specialist at Havergal College. Ben continues to enjoy the position of musical director of the Toronto Wind Youth Orchestra Concert Winds.