Benedict Cruft




Benedict Cruft comes from a well known family of London musicians and started learning the violin at the age of six. After studying with Sascha Lasserson, a pupil of Leopold Auer, he went to the Royal College of Music where he won the top violin prize. During the 1970's he played in Covent Garden Opera, the LSO and the Philharmonia, and in the London String Quartet. In 1980 he went as Associate Concertmaster to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and in 1982 formed the Tononi Quartet which gave regular recitals and broadcasts, covering a wide repertory, playing Hong Kong, Macau and China.

Since returning in 1984 to London, he has free-lanced, playing in many different groups in England and abroad, recording music for records, films and television in London and occasionally composing music for television commercials and the theatre. He has made a special study of the six unaccompanied works for violin by J.S. Bach and has given more than fifty performance of the complete cycle. As well as in Britain, he has performed Bach's solo works in Hong Kong and Macau, and in China while working as guest leader of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and in Vietnam while leading and coaching the vietnam National Symphony. Since starting this project of performing the works as a set, he has been invited to repeat them in many places, including eight successive years at Binham Priory in Norfolk and each year since 1989 at St. Michael and All Angels in Brighton.

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