Since returning to Australia from Europe in 2006, Benjamin Northey has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s leading musical figures. He has held the position of Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Southbank Sinfonia, and the New Zealand and Christchurch symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with artists such as Julian Rachlin, Alban Gerhardt, Marc-André Hamelin, Arnaldo Cohen, K D Lang, Kurt Elling, Tim Minchin, Barry Humphries, Slava Grigoryan and Emma Matthews. He has performed with all the Australian state symphony orchestras and with State Opera of South Australia and Opera Australia, for whom he conducted Carmen in early 2014. He studied with John Hopkins at the Melbourne Conservatorium and with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. He has held the positions of Resident Guest Conductor of the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. His awards include the 2010 Melbourne Prize Outstanding Musicians Award, Brian Stacey Memorial Award, Nelly Apt Scholarship and the 2007 Limelight Magazine Best Newcomer Award. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where he is also a lecturer in conducting.