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Ben Diamond

Ben Diamond is a second year classical guitar student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, studying with Canadian virtuoso Sylvie Proulx. He previously studied with guitarists Fernando Hernandez, Reece Smith, and Charlie Barfoot. He has also performed in masterclasses with Louis TrepaniƩr, and Michael Kolk at the "Victoria Summer Guitar Academy 2018".

In the community, Ben has completed examinations in programs such as the "Royal Conservatory of Music" (guitar, piano, theory), and ""Conservatory Canada"". Ben has also won a variety of awards in local music events such as the "Rotary Music Festival" and the ""Kiwanis Music Festival"". In the 2017 Kiwanis festival, he was the first ever guitarist to win the ""Junior Instrumental Rose Bowl"". Ben also plays for receptions, private events, accompanies singers/choirs, and plays in orchestras for musicals such as "42nd street" (2016) and ""The Wizard of Oz"" (2017). He also teaches private guitar lessons at home, and with "MAX. Arts. Athletics. Wellness".

Outside of his guitar studies, he is a member of the "Quintessential Vocal Ensemble" Ventus and Aquae choirs directed by Susan Quinn, MUN Chamber Choir, and MUN Jazz Ensemble. Ben believes that his biggest influence on his musicality derives from the many people in his life, and the experiences he has had with them. He feels very lucky to live in a city with such a rich culture of music and arts.