Ben Riodl-Ward

photo of Ben Riodl-Ward Position(s): Founder; The Syndicate for the New Arts


Bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward is a senior studying with George Sakakeeny. A native of Tacoma, Washington, he studied with Francine Peterson for seven years in the Seattle area. At Oberlin, Ben has performed on tours to New York City’s World Financial Center with the Contemporary Music Ensemble (2012) and to Carnegie Hall with the Oberlin Orchestra (2013). He has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project Series with his reed trio Third Rail, which was also selected as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings’ Young Ensemble-in-Residence. As a soloist, Ben has appeared with the Seattle Symphony and the Colorado College, Eastern, and Marrowstone Festival Orchestras, among others. He was awarded third prize at the International Double Reed Society’s 2013 Young Artist Competition. This March, Ben will perform Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Basoon and Low Strings with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Ben also founded The Syndicate for the New Arts, a Cleveland-based contemporary music ensemble committed to bringing the highest quality performances to our audiences.