Biography

Benjamin Sebastian Wolfgang Reiter was born on the 22th January 1988 in Bingen/Rhine and grew up in Bacharach, in the beautiful area of middle rhine. Influenced by the history and culture of his home region, Mr. Reiter prioritizes tone design, atmosphere, phrasing and the expressive content of a musical performance above the technical side of performing a piece, in which his preference of the "impressionistic" side of any composition plays an important role. He is constantly seeking to make compositional structures audible to listeners and comprehensible for students in teaching situations.

Mr. Reiter started his very first musical attempts during primary school on electronic keyboard, before eventually turning to classical piano studies at the age of fourteen, in which he was taught by Ukrainian Pianist Tamara Schmedro until the start of his college studies in 2009.
Mr. Reiter completed a state license degree in Music Education and a graduate diploma degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. He studied the Piano major first with Prof. Eike Wernhard and the graduate with Prof. Hiroko Maruko, and wrote his diploma thesis in musicology on the solo piano works of argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. He received important impulses from Prof. Eugen Wangler, Thorsten Larbig, Prof. Axel Gremmelspacher and Dr. Robert Holm. Masterclasses in Slovenia, Italy and Germany with Dr. Kevin Robert Orr, Ratko Delorko and Jesper Christensen contributed further to his musical development. Since August 2017, Mr. Reiter pursues a Master's degree in Piano performance at the University of Florida School of Music with Dr. Jasmin Arakawa, where he received a scholarship to work as Graduate Teaching Assistant for instructing Secondary Piano Skills and Piano for Voice Majors.
  
A passionate soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and cultural ambassador, Mr. Reiter has performed at various venues in south-western Germany, Slovenia and the United States and established self-organized concert series's in the middle rhine region during his studies together with fellow music majors.
He is a founding member of Trio Claviopia, together with Violist Nils Biesewig and Clarinetist Julia Kitzinger. For his solo recital debut, he was given the chance to perform at the “Bacharacher Meisterkonzerte” in his hometown.
Mr. Reiter has worked as a teacher for both piano and guitar. He taught at the music school in Königstein im Taunus, Bad Homburg and Bingen am Rhein, enthusiastically sharing his passion with  students of all ages.

In addition to teaching and performing in the area of his major instrument, Benjamin Reiter also gained experience in conducting, singing, recording and arranging, and has a passion for classical and electric guitar. He studied guitar with Jürgen Zimmer, Michael Dragic and Michael Sagmeister, and trained his voice with Julia Lippmann-Schwedes, Ingrid Steiner and Annette Marquard.
Aside from classical music, his interest includes also popular music styles. Mr. Reiter works as a professional arranger and songwriter for pop and rock groups and is main composer, singer and guitarist in his progressive rock group Awaiting Dawn, with whom he released the debut album Leave No Trace in 2017 via Castle Road Records.

His contributions in songwriting and arranging on the record Black Is The Color, released in 2013 by German female symphonic metal group Arven have gained successful appreciation, especially with the record entering the German Album Charts.

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