Ben is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (1996) in orchestral performance, studying with Paul Pulford of the Penderecki Quartet and also of the University of Western Ontario (2004), studying with Tom Wiebe of the Duke Trio. He has also studied with Wolfgang Laufer of the Fine Arts Quartet and Bryan Epperson of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra.
Ben is principal cello with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, plays with the Festival Quartet of Stratford and is director of Instrumental Chamber Ensembles at the University of Waterloo.
Ben has recorded incidental music for numerous stage productions, primarily for the Stratford Festival, but also for Shaw, the Grand Theatre (London, Ontario) and Walnut St. Theatre (Philadelphia). He is featured on The Glass Menagerie/Orpheus Descending: Theatre Music of Marc Desormeaux and Every Three Children — For the Children of Africa by Carol Ann Weaver and most recently Notes Towards featuring the music of Timothy Corlis, Leonard Enns and Heather Dawn Taves.