Benjamin Ashkenazy was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of eight, he immigrated with his family to Israel, where he received his lessons in piano and composition. After obtaining his Master’s degree in composition and conducting from the Tel Aviv University and the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Maestro Ashkenazy attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague (Holland). There he received the “Prize for Composition.” He also won the first prize for conductors at the International Competition of Conductors in Bordeaux.
Mr Ashkenazy has composed a large number of orchestral, chamber and solo works. He is the permanent guest conductor of the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria) and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra Cluj-Napocca (Romania). He has been invited as a guest conductor to orchestras in Holland, Poland, Romania, Israel and Bulgaria. He was also invited to take part among the juries of international music competitions in Italy, Romania and Austria (Vienna).
In 1993, he began working on " The Jewish Soul, " a unique project created to give Ladino music a place of honor in the concert hall. He currently lives in The Hague with his wife and children.