Benjamin Shute plays in the first violin section of the Phil and serves on the faculty at Oklahoma City University. He has Doctor of Musical Arts and a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, as well as a Diplom KA from Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany

What do you like the most about being a professional musician? The craft of working to interpret music and realize those interpretations in sound is life-giving to me, plus working with colleagues who have their own insights and unique backgrounds is mind-opening and uplifting. And it’s amazing to look up and down just the violin section at the Philharmonic and see colleagues with backgrounds from Russia, Norway, Australia, Taiwan, China, Korea, Colombia, (I’m sure I’m missing some!) and of course various regions of the USA—the diversity is so inspiring, and I think that’s one thing that makes our community here so rich.