Professor of Guitar at the Yale University School of Music and Artistic Director of the bi‐annual Yale Guitar Extravaganza since 1985, and Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar series (NYC) since 2006, Benjamin Verdery is hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career.
Since 1980 he has performed worldwide in theaters and at festivals, including Theatre Carré (Amsterdam), Maverick Concerts (NY), the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Wigmore Hall (London), Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco (Mexico), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Opera in New York. His tours regularly take him throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Andy Summers, Frederic Hand, William Coulter, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Hermann Prey and John Williams.
In 2007 Ben was appointed an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the summer of 2015 marks the 16th anniversary of his annual Maui Master Class on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Benjamin Verdery uses D’Addario strings and guitars by Garrett Lee and Otto Vowinkel.