Singing for the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir and Opera Atelier, guitarist Benjamin Stein became captivated by the instruments of the lute family. In a short time, he has established himself as a strong addition to Toronto’s early music scene.
Benjamin practices and teaches the art of classical improvisation. This rare skill was an essential part of early music training, and he is committed to reintegrating it into classical music education and concert performance.
Benjamin specializes in the theorbo music of Bellerofonte Castaldi and the lute songs of the English Renaissance, in which he accompanies himself while singing. Past engagements include concerts with the Toronto Consort, Grand River Chorus, Toronto Chamber Choir, Coffeehouse Collective, Toronto Masque Theatre and the Pax Christi Chorale. Benjamin has also been part of the continuo accompaniment team for the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
Benjamin plays theorbo, archlute and Renaissance 10-course lute. He teaches the art of basso continuo score realization to singers who want to learn to accompany themselves on keyboard and lute instruments.