Ben Kutner is a Los Angeles based composer and music director. His music explores the integration of tonality with modern forms. He is currently at work on his third opera, SERUM, to be premiered in 2019.
Ben has created work that has been presented throughout New York City, New England, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, at venues including the National Opera Center, Brown University’s Granoff Center, Jack Crystal Theater, St. Mark’s Church in NYC, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Jersey City Theatre Centre, the Queens Museum, New York Fashion Week, and aboard the USS Intrepid.
As a composer, Ben has produced content for companies including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, designer Romeo Hunte, novelist Cristina Brown, Project 44 Dance, Tributary Dance, Lauren Hale Dance, Nocturne Productions, Eclectic Youth Films, and the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra.
He works across a range of genres including ballet, opera, symphony, string quartet, theater, modern dance and film.
Ben also serves as the music director for the New Parnassus Ensemble. In addition to leading the ensemble in performances of his own work, he has commissioned and conducted the premieres of work by other composers and has given pre-concert lectures on topics ranging from contemporary opera to the compositional process.
He holds a BA in music from Brown University where he founded the Fermata Ensemble, and he has participated in Rhymes With Opera’s Pocket Opera Workshop, Bard College’s Conductors Institute, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hack Music LA.