Benjamin C.S. Boyle

“Mr. Boyle’s writing is rich in color and undeniably appealing.”

-The New York Times

Mr. Boyle's compositions include opera, chamber music, numerous art songs and works for piano, and sacred and orchestral music.  He was commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for Hudson Sinfonia, for brass ensemble, premiered April 29, 2009 at Riverside Church in New York City and live broadcast on WQXR.  The Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus commissioned and premiered the choral work, The Holly and the Ivy, to critical acclaim in December 2008. His Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, commissioned by Hope College, premiered in November 2007. To One in Paradise, his cantata for string orchestra and vocal soloists set to texts by Edgar Allan Poe, was premiered by the Bachanalia Festival Orchestra at Merkin Hall in New York in 2005 to critical acclaim. Pianist Magdalena Baczewska premiered his Ballade, for solo piano, at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. The work has subsequently been taken up by many pianists including Chu-Fang Huang and performed around the world. Mr. Boyle was at the piano for the American unveiling of his Sonata-Fantasy, for violin and piano, (which premiered four years earlier at Salle Cortot, Paris, France) with violinist Timothy Fain at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall in 2008. 

Mr. Boyle was selected as Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence for the years 2005-2007 and holds YCA’s William B. Butz Composer Chair.  During this time, YCA commissioned two works from Mr. Boyle: Suite Sylvanesque for solo harp - premiered by harpist Emmanuel Ceysson - and Sonata, for cello and piano, written for cellist Efe Baltacigil and pianist Anna Polonsky. Both works debuted at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York with subsequent performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

At the age of 25, Mr. Boyle was the youngest person ever to be granted a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Pennsylvania, after earning a Master of Music from The Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Composition from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Robert Helps.  His major studies in the crafts of composition with Dr. Philip Lasser (The Juilliard School) took place at the European-American Musical Alliance (EAMA) program at L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he returns each summer as a faculty member.  Mr. Boyle is the Associate Director of EAMA and the founder of the EAMA Music Lecture Series in New York. He has studied with an impressive list of renowned composers including Narcis Bonet, David del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Lukas Foss, and Nicholas Maw.  Reviews of his music have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others. His music is broadcast on NPR and WQXR in New York. Mr. Boyle is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.