Benny Aghassi

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Benny Aghassi, born in Israel (1978), studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem where he won several competitions, including the Woodwind Concerto Competition and the Early Music Competition. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied with Sébastien Marq (recorder) and Donna Agrell (baroque and classical bassoons), and completed his Masters degree (‘cum laude’) with Heiko ter Schegget at The Conservatory of Utrecht. He currently lives in The Hague and plays and record with orchestras such as Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, The Netherlands Bach Society, B’Rock, Vox Luminis and Les Musiciens du Prince (Cecilia Bartoli).

With The Netherlands Bach society he takes part in the project “All of Bach” aiming to record the complete oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach as an online present to the world.

In 2005 he won 2 first prizes in the ‘Aviv Competitions’ in Tel-Aviv for Old Music Instruments, and Best Performance of an Israeli Work. He has held a grant from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation between 1997-2005.