Praised for his "clean, incisive clarinet playing" (American Record Guide), for having "evoked sounds of nature, help[ing to] anchor the piece in place” (New York Times), and as a player of great "emotion, skill, and intensity" (Sioux City Journal) who "played with reverence" (New York Sun), Benjamin Baron enjoys a diverse career based in New York City. Highlights have included performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, American Composers Orchestra, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, and a European tour with the London Winds.
Principal clarinet of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Baron has been featured as a soloist both in performance and on a recording for Naxos. As principal clarinet of the New York Symphonic Ensemble he was a soloist on tours throughout Japan—including performances at Tokyo's Suntory Hall—and in the same role with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas he was heard on tours of the United States and Mexico, as well as on recordings for Sony Classical. Baron is currently clarinetist for the Quintet of the Americas, currently in residence at New York University, and he also plays with the Montclair Wind Quintet as part of his faculty position at Montclair State University. He previously taught at City University of New York's Lehman College.
Baron has been a guest with many of New York's leading contemporary ensembles, including the Locrian Chamber Players, Either/Or Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He has been a guest principal clarinetist with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Montclair Orchestra, Scandia Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the New Haven Symphony, with whom he has appeared as soloist. He has also been featured with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra, which included a recording for Orange Mountain Music.
Baron was principal and E-flat clarinetist for the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Bernstein's On The Town and recording for P.S. Classics. Additional Broadway credits include The King and I, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, My Fair Lady, The Great Comet of 1812, and Mary Poppins. Festival appearances include the International OK Mozart Festival, Bard Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Williamstown Theater Festival, Verbier Festival, AIMS in Graz, Hamptons Music Festival, Delft Festival, and the Napa Valley Festival del Sole.
Baron regularly presents master classes and clinics at universities throughout the United States, including New York University, Arizona State University, Louisiana State University, University of Wisconsin, University of South Dakota, Augustana College, Williams College, and he has also taught within the precollege departments of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University (M.M.) and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.), where he studied with David Shifrin, Mark Nuccio, and David Krakauer. Undergraduate studies were completed with Robert Spring at Arizona State University (B.M.), with an additional degree earned at the Royal Conservatory of Belgium with Eddy Vanoosthuyse, funded through a grant from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation.
Baron's book, The Audition Method, written in collaboration with Mark Nuccio, is currently available through GIA Publications, and is being expanded into a series for other orchestral instruments. He is a D'Addario Performing Artist and an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Music Group.