Benjamin Folk, 21, from Leland, Miss., entered The Curtis Institute of Music in 2006 and studies timpani and percussion with Christopher Deviney, Don Liuzzi, and Robert Van Sice. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Folk holds the William W. Bernheim Fellowship.
Mr. Folk recently represented Curtis in the Kennedy Cente's Conservatory Project Fifth Anniversary Ensemble Orchestra. In 2005 he received a merit award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He has attended Aspen Music Festival and School, Interlochen Arts Camp, where he received the Fine Arts Award in 2003, and the Cloyd Duff timpani master class.
As a member of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Otto-Werner Mueller. While at Curtis he has participated in master classes with timpanist Stanley Leonard and Latin percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos, a Curtis faculty member.
Mr. Folk began studying piano and percussion at the age of twelve, and his past teachers include William Wiggins, timpanist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Doug Howard, percussionist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Tom Stubbs, percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; and Jim Atwood, timpanist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is an Eagle Scout and a former member of Troop 4042 in Leland.