Mr Ben Hoadley

M Mus (Hons), Grad Dip, Artist Diploma (Boston), LRSM


Ben Hoadley has taught at the University of Auckland since 2007 and enjoys a dynamic career as a performer and teacher working throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Ben’s strong interest and commitment to New Zealand music sees him regularly collaborating with many of the country’s outstanding composers and performers in the creation of new work for bassoon. Since 2008 Ben has convened the annual New Zealand Music for Woodwind concerts. He is often heard on Radio New Zealand Concert and ABC Classic FM, and on soundtracks ranging from The Lego Movie to How Mr. and Mrs. Gock Saved the Kumara.

Ben’s CD’s on the Atoll label include Arapatiki, music of Gillian Whitehead, which was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Music Awards, and Southern Invention, which received 5 stars and a “Top 10 Classical for 2015” from William Dart in the New Zealand Herald. Ben has performed recitals of New Zealand music at the International Double Reed Society conventions in Melbourne (2004) and Redlands, California (2013). He has performed and recorded Alex Taylor's bassoon concerto with both the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the NZSO, and the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Omega Ensemble for Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Ben is principal bassoonist with the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has worked with orchestras including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Hallé (UK), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras. He has toured for Chamber Music NZ as a member of The Donizetti Trio and Tūhonohono and has been a guest artist at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Brežice Festival (Slovenia) and in recital tours in the USA presented by the Piatigorsky Foundation.

Ben holds degrees in bassoon performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the New England Conservatory (Boston) and has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Centre, Australian National Academy of Music and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. He also holds a Master of Music with 1st class honours in composition from the University of Waikato.

In 2017 Ben continues his work as a mentor-in-schools for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s education programme and a tutor for programmes including the Cairns Winter Music School and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has presented masterclasses at schools including the New Zealand School of Music, University of Madison-Wisconsin, University of Louisville, University of Arkansas and the Guangzhou Conservatory.

Areas of expertise

Modern and Historical Bassoon, Chamber Music, Composition

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Double Reed Society