Curriculum VitaeUlla Benz is professional violinist, passionate teacher and additional medical doctor.
As such, teaching students and inspiring them to become interested in classical music, is more than a 'Job' to her. Whether for the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of the Arts in Berlin or the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, Ulla Benz loves to work with young people.
At a very young age she discovered her love and passion for music. She received her first violin lessons at the age of five; soon afterwards she was to become a multiple prize-winner at the German music competition Jugend Musiziert. She also received the Dieter-Ullrich-Musikförderpreis (Dieter-Ullrich-Sponsorship-Award). She studied with such distinguished teachers as Zakhar Bron, Liana Issakadze, Werner Scholz, Joachim Scholz, and Detlev Grevesmühl.
Ulla Benz has performed as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, the Loh-Orchestra Sondershausen, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Asunción, the Orquestra de Camara Opus Belo Horizonte, and the Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Sao Paulo. She has performed with these orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America. Ulla Benz performed the violin concertos by Brahms, Korngold and Prokoview on tours through
South America between 2009 and 2016. During this times she performed in Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
As a chamber musician she was invited to international music festivals in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Ulla Benz was a violinist for the Norway String Quartet in 2003 and 2004. During this time she discovered her passion for teaching.
Ulla Benz was invited to India and Israel as a guest lecturer at the Edward Said National Conservatory
of Music in 2006. Here she experienced for the first time how important music and learning were, especially for children and youths from conflict areas. It was during this time that Ulla Benz recognised that music and learning could convey a new outlook on individual potential for young people.
She taught a national three-month master class in Paraguay in 2007. This master class was part of
Sonidos de la Tierra, the national Paraguayan youth orchestra project, lead by it's founder and conductor
Luis Szaran. In the same year, Ulla Benz became the artistic director of Sonidos de la Tierra for their European tour. She also worked as violin coach for the
Palestine National Youth Orchestra.
Upon the recommendation of Professor Berent Korfker Ulla Benz taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, London. Here she deputised for Berent Korfker's, teaching his class for several weeks during 2007 and 2008.
Ulla Benz was invited to South America and Asia several times during 2009 and 2018. She taught master classes at more than 10 universities, e.g. Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Instituto Universitario National de Artes (IUNA) and Instituto Superior de Arte Teatro Colon (ISATC) in Buenos Aires or at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) of the National University of Singapore.
During that times she worked together with such renowned artists like the violinist Shlomo Mintz.
In 2010-2013 Ulla Benz was teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. Since 2012 she became a professor in violin at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In autumn 2015 she was appointed as professor for violin at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since 2018 she is lecturer in violin at University of the Arts in Berlin.
Ulla Benz' pupils in Germany and abroad are prize-winners of national and international competitions and members of international youth orchestras. Many of her pupils have performed as soloists in Europe,
South America and Asia.