Ben Grossman is a Canadian hurdy gurdy player, percussionist, composer and improviser. He performs both as a soloist and as part of various ensembles. Ben's work is featured on over 80 CDs. He has also been recorded for film soundtracks, radio dramas, as well as for television shows and commercials.[1]

Grossman was part of the music team awarded the 2005 Golden Sheaf Award in the Best Original Music Non-Fiction category for the Ali Kazimi film, Continuous Journey.[2] He has performed live with the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Polaris, La Nef, BT, Loreena McKennitt, (amongst others) and in various solo and ensemble improvisational events. Grossman’s first solo album, Macrophone was released in 2007 and features a unique two CD form for simultaneous, aleatoric playback.[3]

Grossman has presented hurdy gurdy workshops and lessons with Valentin Clastrier, Matthias Loibner, Maxou Heintzan and Simon Wascher. He currently focuses on his efforts in applying the hurdy gurdy to early, traditional, experimental and ambient music. His goal is to explore the wide range of sound possibilities of this acoustic synthesizer.

TEDxWaterloo - Ben Grossman - Improvisational Experimental Music

TEDxWaterloo - Ben Grossman - Improvisational Experimental Music


  1. Productions SuperMusique (PSM), Guest artist - performer, Ben Grossman page from the organization's website. Retrieved on 2014-02-03.
  2. Canada's Golden Sheaf Award Winners 2005, Continuous Journey. Retrieved on 2014-02-03.
  3. Ensemble Polaris, About the band members: Ben Grossman page from the ensemble's website. Retrieved on 2014-02-03.

External linksEdit

Official website