Benjamin Roskams began playing the violin at the age of nine in Cardiff where he studied with Harry Cawood before going on to win a scholarship to study with Lydia Mordkovitch and Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded B-Mus.Hons (1st class). Benjamin continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno as a scholarship holder and then with Professor Ilya Grubert at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, also seeking inspiration from Ivry Gitlis in Paris.
A keen chamber musician Benjamin has collaborated with many leading ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet, the London Conchord Ensemble and London International Players.
Equally at home on the viola, he is a member of the award winning Artea Quartet, having performed at venues such as the Conway Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall as well as appearances on BBC radio 3 “In Tune” and a chamber music prom concert broadcast from the V&A on the BBC.
As an experienced orchestral musician he has led the Dutch National Ballet as well as acting as guest deputy concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Holland Symfonia. In the UK he works regularly with the LSO, LPO and Philharmonia Orchestra as well as being a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1st violin section.
He is a keen collector of violin bows and is indebted to Albert Cooper's family for the generous loan of the c.1720 Joseph filius Andrea Guarneri violin on which he plays.