Benjamin Kronk is a sought-after violinist based in Chicago and is this year’s winner American Opera Society of Chicago’s highest scholarship worth $7,000. As soloist, he has most recently appeared last summer with the National Repertory Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto under maestro Michael Stern. He has also appeared with the Toccoa Symphony, and the Caroga Lake Music Festival. He started the SouthEastern Young Artists (SEYA), a chamber music festival in 2018 in Georgia. He is a member of the Iris Orchestra under Michael Stern and regularly plays with the Chicago Philharmonic Society, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Oistrakh Symphony, among others. Notably he has performed with celebrated artists including Janet Sung, Stephen Balderston, Rose Ambrust Griffin. Benjamin has attended many summer festivals including the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestra Institute and Festival (NOI+F) and finished his studies at Depaul University with Professor Janet Sung. Previously he earned his Master’s of Music at Mcgill University with Alexander Read, and his Bachelor’s of Music from the Eastman School of Music with Juliana Athayde. He plays in the GRAMMY-nominated album “American Classics” with NOI+F under maestro David Allan Miller. He has taken masterclasses with Midori and Pinchas Zuckerman.