“Embodying classical aesthetic, music and culture, Benjamin Skepper is a musician with an extraordinary sense of the contemporary” (M. Pugliese, Director Museo 900 for Rolling Stone Italy).
Benjamin Skepper is a musician, multi media artist, composer, published scientific researcher and cultural advocate. Operating at the intersection of art, fashion, modern classical and the avant-garde, his talent and curiosity have taken him across musical boundaries and artistic borders for which he has garnered international acclaim.
A child prodigy, who commenced classical music education at two years of age, Benjamin began touring by seven, as a solo pianist, boy soprano, ballet dancer and the youngest self-taught harpsichordist in Australia. He embarked on his first international solo piano tour at 10 years old, performing Mozart concerto with full orchestra in New Zealand, as a Suzuki Music Young Ambassador. His passion continued with studies in the violoncello, touring and performing with symphonic orchestras and chamber ensembles nationwide.
Alongside his two decade long professional classical career, Benjamin also completed an Arts/Law degree with Honours at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Public and International Law, specialising in Children’s Rights. A qualified solicitor, he remains actively involved in human rights and children’s policy, working and travelling extensively in Asia and Europe, volunteering with NGOs and donating his work and time to charities and organistaions including Médecins Sans Frontières, Red Cross Japan, and most recently in talks with UNICEF.
In 2007 he established his second base in Tokyo under the umbrella of his creative think-tank and art collective “contrapuntal”. Over the past decade, he has developed a practice focusing on site-speficic multi media installations, his work spanning large scale commissions and live performances, Art Direction, sound composition and production for Museums, Festivals, commercial and luxury brands, fashion, TV, theatre and film.
In 2008, he launched his independent music label under contrapuntal, with five self-produced solo releases, licensing original music for film, commercials and online digital content, collaborating with record labels, such as Colombia Music and Ninja Tunes.
In the field of contemporary art, he has presented performance art works and sound installations at the Museo del Novecento (Milan), “Culture Warriors”, Australia’s first Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), as artist in residence at “No Mans Land” (French Embassy, Tokyo), “Sight & Sound: Music & Abstraction in Australian Art” (Arts Centre, Melbourne), “Rooms” International Fashion and Design Trade Fair (Tokyo), White Trade Fair (Milan), “Art After Dark” for the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition “Napoleon: Revolution to Empire” (Melbourne), and as a headline performer at MONA FOMA 2013 (Tasmania), dubbed a festival highlight by curator Brian Ritchie. By special invitation from The Hermitage Foundation, Benjamin performed at the opening of Manifesta 10, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2014). He undertook a residency at Klanghaus (Austria) 2016 after commencing research and composition work at the Moscow State Conservatory. He has particiapted in a sound-art exhibition in Tokyo with Yoko Ono on the back of artist features for Rolling Stone Italy and Russia, AMICA , GQ Japan and a music video exclusive with VICE I THUMP Australia.
As Cultural Ambassador to Russia, he has consulted local and federal government bodies to research international collaborations and exchange opporunities. Among multiple Brand Ambassadorships, most recently as a Yamaha Artist, Benjamin also launched his latest hybrid art project “TECTONIC”: a site specific installation, bringing art and its audience into sacred architectural sites, with the intention to ignite our thoughts about innovation, identity and human diversity.
Benjamin actively pursues projects at the confluence of Art + Science. His sound work was commissioned for transmission into Outer Space in 2015, he was appointed a Fellow of the Moscow State Conservatory of Music, working in the science department in the ground breaking field of music and genetics. and is the first artist in residence at Science Gallery Melbourne, securing a commision to create a new live performance artwork for the opening exhibition in August 2017.
Benjamin believes in the power of Art and entrepreneruship to create social change, and that creativity is our key to creating a sustainable future and world peace.