Classical Music Masterclasses in Vienna, Austria

Violin & Orchestral Audition Preparation


Benedict Lea

Ben Lea began studying violin in Adelaide at the age of five. He studied with John Gould and then with Ronald Woodcock at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. During his time as a B.Mus (perf.) student he was a member of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and the South Australian Opera Company Orchestra where he also played as concert master under several well known European conductors. Throughout his training, he was a member of both the National Music Camp Association and the Australian Youth Orchestra, playing as principal second violin and also as concert master.

Having completed his degree with highest honours, he began studying with Professor Gerhart Hetzel (long time first concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic) at the highly acclaimed “ Hochschule für Musik” in Vienna, Austria. He was soon accepted as a casual player in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and (as it is the same orchestra) the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. After five years of post graduate study and the untimely death of his teacher, he became one of the first foreigners ever to win a full time position with the State Opera Orchestra and subsequently the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the baton of Carlos Kleiber, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Valeri Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Andris  Nelsons to name but a few.

During his employment with the orchestra he has also been very active as an international chamber musician, winning the “Vienna Mozart interpretation” prize (also won several times by the “Alban Berg Quartet”). He has toured extensively in Europe, America and Japan as well as other Asian countries in both his chamber music and orchestral capacities. Although he only gets the chance to return home every couple of years, he has a keen interest in the younger generation of budding musicians. He lives in Vienna with his Austrian wife Carin, and his daughter, Anna


Monday the 1st of July - Wednesday the 10th of July

Closing concert on Wednesday the 10th of July.

There will be the opportunity to perform another concert at the Salon on Sunday, the 14th of July. 

Availability and Application Deadline

There is currently space for 6 soloists.

There are 2 partial scholarships available. Please contact for more information.  

The  deadline for application is July 1st, 2019.


 The Vienna Classic Masterclasses are pleased invite established violinists, world-wide to attend masterclasses, hosted by the Razumovsky Salon, in Vienna, Austria. 

Benedict Lea, Violinist in the Vienna Philharmonic, is offering a 10 day course in Vienna for Solo Violin and String/chamber Ensembles. It will start on Monday, 1st of July and conclude on the Wednesday, the 10th  with a concert in Vienna on the Thursday evening, the 11th of July.  Herr Lea offers exceptional mentoring and musicianship, and aims to give some guidance to instrumentalists, solo and chamber groups in the music profession. Courses include 1 on 1, technical lessons and coaching.