Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser based in Chicago. His dedication to working with and advocating for composers of his generation has led to national tours with the string trio Chartreuse, the flute/bassoon duo Second Species, and the violin/bassoon duo Wolftone, all featuring world premieres of new works for the bassoon. A recent graduate of the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Ben organized the Shepherd School’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hear and Now, and performed as a founding member of the Houston-based new music collective Loop38 as well as the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. He has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, along with several regional orchestras throughout the United States. As an orchestral musician, Ben has performed with the Richmond Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He has spent his summers with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA. Currently a student of David McGill at Northwester University, Ben also studied with Ben Kamins at Rice University, George Sakakeeny at the Oberlin Conservatory, and with Francine Peterson in the Seattle area.