Benjamin Bayl is co-founder and Principal Guest Conductor of the period instrument Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and Associate Director of the Hanover Band. He was the first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, and studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Colin Metters and George Hurst. He was Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer in 2006, and was also mentored by and assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Hickox, Harry Bicket and Ivor Bolton. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Assistant Artistic Director to the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh, and also worked with Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
He recently made his conducting debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and was immediately re-invited to conduct them on a European tour with the music of C. P. E. Bach. Working extensively in the early music field (both as conductor or directing from the keyboard) recent and regular collaborations include the Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Köln, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, and Warsaw Chamber Opera.
In June 2018 Benjamin Bayl conducted performances of Don Giovanni at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, and in August he made his American debut with Handel’s Partenope at Opera NEO. Plans for 2019 include Die Zauberflöte at Opera Zuid and his debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Iceland Symphony orchestras.