Benjamin Pila is the only classical guitarist to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Avery-Fisher Hall and the Kaplan Penthouse in New York’s Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Colorado. Benjamin was also invited to perform at the 2007-08 and 2011-12 September 11th Commemoration Ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York City.

Benjamin’s playing has been featured on the Today Show on NBC as well as on the National Public Radio program From the Top. He was awarded ASCAP’s Best Performance of a Contemporary Work and was the grand prize winner of the Pacific Guitar Festival, the Tampa Bay Symphony Concerto Competition, and the University of Southern California Guitar Concerto Competition. He has won prizes in the Yamaha 6-String Theory Guitar Competition, the ASTA National Solo Competition, the NFAA YoungARTS Competition, and the Texas International Guitar Competition. Benjamin was also the first guitarist to receive the Ruth Eckerd Hall Scholarship in the Performing Arts and is the only guitarist to be awarded three times the H. Paul Gudelsky Fellowship for Guitar at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Benjamin received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University studying with Bruce Holzman, his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School studying under Sharon Isbin, and recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California under Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Dr. Pila is currently serving as the Artistic Advancement Committee Co-Chair on the Alumni Board of Directors for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.

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2. Danza Play Download this Song
3. Mysterious Play Download this Song