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Ben Sellick is a Canadian composer at the Juilliard School.

Ben grew up homeschooled with his two brothers, playing Grieg and Debussy, travelling, and watching Hitchcock movies. He went to the University of Manitoba and studied Film, Philosophy, and Piano Performance, with Guy Maddin, David Moroz, Michael Zaugg, and Jonathan Darlington. He is now studying composition at Juilliard with Robert Beaser.

As a pianist, cellist, and baritone, Ben has performed across Canada in solo and chamber settings, as well as with the National Youth Choir and Orchestra of Canada, Polycoro, Camerata Nova, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Ben is the founder and director of SOUNDYARD Composer's Circle (www.soundyard.ca), a Schoenberg-inspired new music society.

Last year Ben was Pro Coro Canada's RBC Emerging Composer, and won the Francis Seaton Choral Composition Competition. In addition to concert music, Ben has composed the scores for a number of short films, and two features: Headspace (2018), and The Captives (2016).

When not composing or performing, Ben works as a choir director and organist, and spends part of his summer teaching sailing in north Ontario.

Ben likes the colour orange, olive oil, wool, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, lakes, prairie storms, El Greco, and podcasts.