Collaborative pianist and music director

Biography

Ben Malkevitch is in demand as music director, vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and organist in Northeast Ohio. Since he moved back to Cleveland two years ago, he has conducted Resonanz Opera’s production Dialogues of the Carmelites and played for its production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. He has collaborated with Opera Western Reserve in Youngstown on productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Carmen. Ben also recently played in the pit for the national touring productions of Wicked and The Sound of Music. Ben is the choir director and organist at Lakewood Congregational Church, as well playing services at Temple Emanu El. He is the accompanist for the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio and has music directed shows at the Beck Center for the Arts, Near West Theatre, and TrueNorth Cultural Arts.

From 2010-2015, Ben did a similar variety of work in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was co-founder and music director of Waffle Opera, choir director at First Congregational Church of San Francisco, as well as collaborations with Livermore Valley Opera, West Edge Opera, Cinnabar Theater, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, American Conservatory Theater, Throckmorton Theatre, and SFArtsED.

Ben has a special affinity for new music, American composers, the art song repertoire, and the fine art of designing supertitles for operatic performances. He is also an occasional composer, arranger, and baritone. He holds Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Virginia Weckstrom.