Roger Benedict held a teaching position at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) before his relocation to Australia, where he joined the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. He is an Associate Professor at the Conservatorium and is Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra as well as head of the viola department. He has given masterclasses throughout Europe and Asia and is regularly invited to serve on the juries of major competitions, such as the Max Rostal Competition (Berlin) and the Australia Young Performer Awards. He is active as a writer, editor and arranger, with several of his arrangements and his popular scale method Scale Up! published by Partitura-Verlag. He has written articles for specialist journals such as The Strad magazine and Strings magazine. In addition to teaching viola at the Sydney Conservatorium, Roger supervises a small number of student conductors there too.
Reviews and articles about Scale Up!
“Benedict set out to produce something specifically useful for a violist. It is clear to me that he has achieved more than this. As a player of both the violin and viola, I can see enormous benefits for all upper string players. Violists will love the care Benedict has taken to produce something bespoke for the larger instrument, and violinists can use their own traditional scale fingerings while working within his harmonic framework” (Strad Magazine Sep 2020)
Article in Strings Magazine – https://stringsmagazine.com/using-musical-context-to-approach-viola-scale-work
Review on music4viola.info – https://music4viola.info/benedict?l=en
Article in the Strad Magazine – https://www.thestrad.com/playing-and-teaching/practising-scales-within-a-harmonic-context-can-improve-intonation/10780.article
Review by Travis Maril – https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Hf7rCZY1NqiMBKO2YFzLCd2?domain=travis-maril.com