Benjamin Koller (b. 1999) is an award winning composer residing in Tampa, Florida. Koller’s output is influenced by his interest in generative processes, improvisatory performance practice, theatre, vocal music, and electroacoustic composition. His output represents a variety of instrumentations, including music for soloist, chamber ensemble and large ensemble, as well as electroacoustic works.
Koller has written for a variety of performers and ensembles throughout different workshops and festivals across the United States, including the Charlotte New Music Festival, Hypercube Composition Lab, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium. Recently, his work Fever Dream for alto saxophone and electric guitar was recently performed by the Hypercube ensemble as part of the Hypercube Composition Lab in 2020. Additionally, his work Recollection of a Sunday Evening was written for and recorded by loadbang as part of the Charlotte New Music Festival. In 2019, Koller was awarded honorable mention in the annual Ibis Ensemble Composition Competition at the Frost School of Music. Koller is actively involved in collaboration across various artistic mediums. In recent years, Koller has worked with other composers/performers to create sound installations accompanying visual art at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Koller also participated in the Identity and the Art of Introduction Workshop, led by artist Nick Cave, in which Koller worked with dancers and other performance artists in a collaborative setting.
Koller actively seeks to promote new music and living composers, and has served as the Public Relations Director and Logistics Coordinator for the New Music Consortium at the University of South Florida. Koller received his Bachelor’s degree in acoustic composition and electronic music at the University of South Florida, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in music composition at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami. Previous and present composition teachers include Dr. Benjamin D. Whiting, Paul Reller, and Dr. Baljinder Sekhon.