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Ben Hoadley

Composer, Performer


Ben Hoadley holds degrees in bassoon performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston, and a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato where he won the Lilburn Composition Prize and received the FASS Masters Thesis Scholarship. Ben also studied composition privately with Edwin Carr and completed coursework in composition at the Juilliard School. He has received fellowships to the Australian National Academy of Music, Tanglewood Music Centre and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ben has lectured at the University of Auckland since 2007 and teaches at the University of Waikato and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Ben's compositions include: the chamber opera Miss Brill, written in collaboration with Sydney playwright Craig Brush and premiered at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2018 as part of the Resonate series; Huia for organ and orchestra, premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; Turakirae for clarinet and orchestra, premiered by Peter Scholes and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and works commissioned by the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Professor Jack C. Richards and schools including St. Cuthbert’s College, Westlake Girls High School, Diocesan School for Girls and St. Peters College. In 2020 Ben’s commissions include a work for solo oboe for Camille Wells (NZ/USA) and Shaiq Ahmad Noori (Afghanistan) through the Teach to Learn foundation in Boston, and a work for the Jade String Quartet’s annual series at Auckland’s Pah Homestead, based on poetry of Stephen Toussaint.

Waltz, Gavotte and Burlesque was recently premiered by the bassoon section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the SSO's chamber series at St. James Church, Sydney and subsequently performed at the Akaroa International Music Festival and the Melbourne International Bassoon Course.

Ben has a special interest in New Zealand repertoire, regularly working with composers in the creation of new music for bassoon. Since 2008 Ben has curated an annual New Zealand Music for Woodwind concert at St. Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington which has presented over 40 new works by established and emerging composers. Gillian Whitehead has written a number of pieces for Ben, which he has recorded on the Atoll CD Arapātiki (a finalist in the 2014 NZ Music Awards). Also on the Atoll label, Ben has recorded the CD Southern Invention, featuring Australasian music for bassoon and piano. Ben premiered Alex Taylor's bassoon concerto in 2014 with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, subsequently performing and recording it with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 Ben gave the Australasian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings, also with the ACO.

Composed (23)

Evening, Marlborough

for flute and spoken voice

Four Preludes

for clarinet, bassoon and piano

Four Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano


for trombone and piano


for organ and orchestra


for two bassoons and piano


for bassoon


for two flutes, 5m

Manaia (II)

for flute and oboe

Manaia (IV)

for bass clarinet and bassoon, 9m

Midsummer Night's Music

for clarinet, viola and piano, 8m


for wind sextet

Suite from "Miss Brill"

for four bassoons

Three River Pieces

for flute, bassoon and cello

Three Sketches for a Nocturne

for alto flute and piano, 7m


for clarinet and orchestra

Two Short Duets

for two clarinets or two bass clarinets


for oboe, bassoon and piano

Wild Iris

for alto saxophone and piano

Wild Iris

for cor anglais and piano

Winter I Was

for alto flute and spoken voice, 4m

Commissioned (11)

Bassoon Concerto

for bassoon and chamber orchestra

Body and Soul

for solo amplified dulcian, 4m

Chaos of Delight IV

for piccolo/flute and bassoon


for solo bassoon, 7m

eight pieces for wind quartet

for wind quartet, 9m

Etude II

for bass clarinet and bassoon, 2m

is there anybody in there?

for flute, bass clarinet and glockenspiel, 30s

loose knots

for bassoon

Ngā hā o neherā

for bassoon, 16m

Seven Point Zero

for wind trio, 7m

Stolen Time

for recorder and dulcian

Performances (2)

Donizetti Trio - Chamber Music New Zealand Tour

This concert series is presented in association with Music Whakatane, Aroha Music Society, Tauran...

Auckland Chamber Orchestra - 'Turakirae'

Ben Hoadley | Turakirae for solo clarinet & orchestra [WORLD PREMIERE] Alex Taylor | Flute...