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BENJAMIN TOTH

Ben Toth, director of the percussion program at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, has presented concerts and recitals, radio and television broadcasts, master classes, and children’s programs throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, and Trinidad. Toth’s varied musical interests are reflected in his performance credits, highlights of which include chamber music performances with Percussion Group Cincinnati (member, 1987-1992), the Jovan Percussion Projekt (member, 1996-present), Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, Ohio Ballet, Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players, Milwaukee New Music Ensemble, Myriad chamber ensemble, and Conundrum; concerto appearances with the Cincinnati, Lake Forest, Greensboro, Midland (MI), and Peoria (IL) Symphony Orchestras, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble; orchestral and ensemble work with the Sinfonia da Camera, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Milwaukee Ballet; percussion and drum set work for regional theaters and national tours of Broadway musicals for the Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage, Kenley Players, and the Bushnell Theater, and for several touring artists, including Red Skelton, William Warfield, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Lawrence, Bob Crosby, and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. His performance venues have included Ravinia, the Walker Arts Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the first “Encontro Internacional de Percussão” (São Paulo, Brazil), the Fifth International Percussion Workshop (Poland), the 2000 June in Buffalo Festival (with composer Steve Reich), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), the Lithuanian National Philharmonic concert series, the College Band Directors National Association National Convention, Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (nine appearances, including four with composers: Herbert Brun, John Cage, David Macbride, and Nebojsa Zivkovic), and the 2000 Panorama (Trinidad National Steel Band Competition). He has recorded for the Albany, Arabesque, Bis, Centaur, GIA, Hartt, Innova, Musica Europea, Naxos, TNC and Yesa labels, having appeared on seventeen recordings. His interest in world percussion has led to intensive study (in Ghana) with Master Musicians Bernard Woma (West African xylophone, or “Gyil”), and Emmanuel and Ruben Agbeli (Ewe barrel drumming). He has also studied with frame drum virtuoso Glen Velez, hand drum virtuoso Shane Shanahan, Latin percussionists John Amira and Johnny Almendra, African percussion specialist Joseph Galeota, and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato.


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