Originally from Philadelphia, Ben Zilber has completed degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University. His teachers have included James DeSano, Per Brevig, and David Waters. He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestra Wellington. Before arriving in New Zealand, Ben was a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artists, a performing group focused on outreach and interactive performances. He has been awarded fellowships to attend the Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Academy, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. Ben is a committed and enthusiastic educator, and currently teaches at St. Mary's College, Baradene College, and St. Cuthbert's College. He is an active conductor of school orchestras and bands, and has led workshops for the Auckland Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble, and several area schools. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running, cooking, and following Philadelphia sports teams.