Benjamin Burgdorf
  • Instrument Acting Principal, Viola

Benjamin Burgdorf (he/him/his) is an artist seeking to expand the possibilities and alter modern perceptions of classical music. This is accomplished through his work as a passionate performer and educator.

As a classical performer, he serves as acting principal violist with the Des Moines Symphony and violist in the Belin String Quartet. Prior engagements include performing as a founding member of Lux String Quartet from 2013-2018 (named 2015-16, 2017-18 Classical MPR Class-Notes Artist), section violist with the Quad City Symphony, a member of the funky jam band Improvestra, a travel-blogging, improvising street artist in Wormwood, and a frequent collaborative soloist with composers both locally and nationally. Burgdorf regularly collaborates with the Laurels String Quartet in Minneapolis and has also enjoyed substitute engagements with Orchestra Iowa, Mankato Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony.

In addition to classical engagements, Burgdorf enjoys his time on the stage at rock shows, having shared the stage at sold-out shows with Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

When not teaching or performing, you might find he and his spouse tending their bee colonies, gardening, playing chess with friends far too late into the evening, or simply enjoying the company of friends.