Regarded as “a daring force of nature” by The New York Times, and “a performer in a league of his own” by The Los Angeles Times, Colombian clarinetist Benito Meza has appeared with the Boston Philharmonic, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Gardner Chamber Orchestra, the Modern Music Ensemble, the Los Angeles Wind Ensemble, and on Harvard University’s Chamber Music series, among many others.
A winner of Astral’s 2009 National Auditions, he made his critically acclaimed concerto debut on Astral’s series in 2012, with Symphony in C. He has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. He has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Sanders Theater at Harvard University, and at Lincoln Center, and recently recorded the Grammy-nominated album Providencia with famed pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, for the Mack Avenue Records label. Mr. Meza studied in Javeriana University’s music program, and in 2001, was invited to study at Venezuela’s National Institute of Musical Studies and joined the world-famous music education program, El Sistema. As a member of the celebrated Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, he made television appearances with Maestro Andrés Briceño. Benito Meza is currently an Affiliate Artist serving on the music faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.