The London Cello Society has awarded the bi-annual Keith Harvey Memorial Award of £2,500 to Ben Michaels, primarily for his outstanding performance of Thomas Demenga’s EFEU, which was written for the 2010 Feuermann competition. Ben’s recording can be seen below.

Ben Michaels is a British cellist based in London. He began learning cello from his father, Joel Michaels, and later studied with Felix Schmidt and John Myerscough at the Royal Academy of Music. Ben is passionate about chamber and contemporary music.

Ben, who has a degree in biochemistry, decided to establish a career as a freelance cellist and had started to commission and record an album of contemporary cello music, written exclusively by cellists. The 2022 Keith Harvey Memorial Award will now enable him to complete this project.


Martin Bloomfield, Administrator
Keith Harvey Memorial Award
London Cello Society

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Photo by Emma Werner