Dr. Benjamin Krause

Benjamin Krause is a composer and a pianist whose work has been recognized by the Houston Symphony, the Presser Foundation, ASCAP, Da Camera of Houston, and The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Often inspired by literature and poetry, Krause’s work just as often derives its impulse from the purely sonic image and a sense of musical energy. His piece Pathways, for chamber orchestra, was named the winner of the Houston Symphony’s inaugural Young Composer Competition and was described as “attractive…the composer craftily reconstituted orders of events to create a compelling dramatic arc. Krause’s excellent control of dissipating energy for the serene ending of the work was most impressive” (concertonet.com). Recently his music has been featured on concert tours of Brazil, Hawaii, California, and Oregon. Krause scored Timothy Lanzone’s feature film Travelling Salesman (2011, available on iTunes and Amazon Prime) which was an “Official Selection” at the 2012 New York International Film Festival, was named Best Picture at the 2012 Silicon Valley Film Festival and has since been shown at festivals in Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across the United States. He currently serves as Visiting Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, where he teaches theory, composition, jazz, and leads the VU New Music Ensemble. Recent and upcoming commissions include those from the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the Network for New Music of Philadelphia, and the Delgani String Quartet. He holds degrees from Rice University (DMA), the University of Oregon (M.M.) and Valparaiso University (B.M.).

Composer in Residence