Motivated by a diverse musical palate and burning passion to connect with people of all creeds through his music, GRAMMY-Nominated violinist, pianist, composer and educator, Benjamin Sutin is currently residing in New York City. He began his career in Philadelphia, where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr.
Sutin has since had the privilege of performing in venues such as: Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, The Kennedy Center, NJPAC, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center's Appel Room, Smoke Jazz Club, Microsoft Theater (Staples Center), the Nassau Coliseum, Oracle Center, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Ravinia Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, among many more.
Sutin joined Bobby Sanabria's Multiverse Big Band in 2017 for the recording of their now Grammy Nominated and Jazz Journalist Association's "Record Of The Year" album, West Side Story Reimagined. He is now a regular member of the group, as well a frequent on-call sub for multiple salsa bands throughout NYC including with Chembo Corniel (whos album he appeared on several years back), Ivo Tirado Jr's "Bronx Charanga", and Joe DeJesus' "Charansalsa" as well as performing with Larry Harlow's reinstallment of Hommy - A Latin Opera at Lincoln Center out of Doors.
Just this year, Grant Calvin Weston (Ornette Coleman's drummer for years) released his newest jazz fusion album, Dust and Ash in which Benjamin is a featured soloist on several numbers including the title track, and is the 1st violinist in the albums string section. Benjamin is also the regular violinist in the Indie Rock/Punk band, "Norwood" and just finished recording on their latest album, to be released later this year.
In the Klezmer/Jewish music circuit you can frequently find Benjamin performing with Jewish pop legend Eli Schwebel, in Zhenya Lopatnik's group and along side his Klezmer mentor, Yale Strom, among others. A few years back he also played principal violin in the National Yiddish Theater's production of Di Goldene Kale and two summers ago recorded in a string section for Idan Raichel's latest album.
He has additionally appeared with groups such as the Big Apple Circus, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, Bollywood star Arijit Singh and Banda Magda among countless others. Also in the pop circuit, Sutin has collaborated with and recorded multiple string parts for Brasstracks and through them, for artists such as The Underachievers and Kemba. Starting in July, 2019, Benjamin is also excited about embarking on yet another adventure, as newest member of the Middle Eastern music ensemble, "Baharat".
Other notable collaborations in the jazz world have included David Amram, Ronnie Burrage, Benito Gonzalez, George Burton, Lewis Porter, Don Friedman, Justin Faulkner, Patrick Bartley Jr, Mary Ann McSweeney, Elio Villafranca, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and Luba Mason. More recently, Benjamin has been getting his feet wet in the underground avante-garde free jazz scene, performing along-side the likes of Daniel Carter, Chris Tordini, Billy Mintz, Roberta Piket and Bob Meyer.
Finally, he has garnered acclaim in the jazz violin community from the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Regina Carter, Christian Howes and Sara Caswell. On hearing Sutin for the first time, Caswell wrote, “his adventurous musical lines and underlying creative energy left me feeling that I had witnessed a unique voice destined for something great.” Benjamin has also had the honor of being on Turtle Island String Quartet’s short list of prospective violinists since 2015 though has not yet made the group.
Sutin graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2015 with a BM in Jazz Violin Performance.