Ken Benshoof

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Ken Benshoof


Ken Benshoof (b. 1933, Nebraska) is an American composer and pianist.

After high school in Alaska, Mr. Benshoof received his formal education at the Pacific Lutheran University, the Spokane Conservatory, University of Washington, San Francisco State College and the Guildhall School of Music in London as a Fulbright Scholar.

Benshoof has had significant experience with work in the theatrical world, as resident composer for both the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. A resident of Seattle since 1960, Benshoof served as associate professor of composition at the University of Washington from 1977 until his retirement in 1992. His most influential teachers were Volfgangs Darzins, John Verrall, Roger Nixon, George Frederick McKay, and Alfred Neiman.

Primarily a composer of chamber pieces, Benshoof has received commissions from a wide variety of sources, most notably the Kronos String Quartet for whom he has produced eight works. He also served as resident composer at San Diego's Old Globe Theater over several seasons and at the Seattle Repertory Theater for a number of years.

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