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Dr. Benjamin Krause

Composer in Residence


Benjamin Krause’s work has been recognized by the Houston Symphony, the Presser Foundation, ASCAP, Da Camera of Houston, and The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. 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” ( He was recently commissioned by the Delgani String Quartet, with support from an Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights grant, to compose his 30-minute String Quartet No. 1 Cascades, a four-movement work inspired by the landscape atop the McKenzie Pass in the Oregon Cascade Range. Delgani has recently released a recording of the work on their album Distant Monuments. Other commissions include those from the Network for New Music of Philadelphia, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Da Camera of Houston, and Musiqa (Houston, TX). An artist with diverse interests, Krause has collaborated with photographers, dancers, architects, and filmmakers in his creative work. He was a Young Artist of Da Camera (2011—2012) and was the recipient of the 2012 Presser Award, enabling a summer of study in Europe at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, where his work was awarded the Prix Marion Tournon Branly.

As a pianist, Krause has performed in major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall (Houston), the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and in collaboration with such artists as Molly Barth (Eighth Blackboard), Jeffrey Zeigler (the Kronos Quartet), Timothy McAllister (PRISM Saxophone Quartet), and Ronald Feldman (the Boston Symphony). Through both solo performances and collaborations with many ensembles, he has premiered and performed well over fifty new works in a wide variety of venues, in addition to performing the works of major 20th and 21st century composers such as George Crumb, Louis Andriessen, John Cage, and Pierre Jalbert. He is also an active jazz pianist, having appeared in performances with saxophonists Woody Witt and Horace Alexander Young, the VU Faculty Jazz Trio, and the Paul Ingram Jazz Quintet (San Diego, CA).

Krause holds composition degrees from Rice University (D.M.A.) and the University of Oregon (M.M.) and lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, with his wife, pianist Christina Giuca Krause. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University.