Benjamin Hackbarth is the founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology and the artistic director of the Open Circuit Festival. He is Head of Composition at the University of Liverpool where he lectures and writes music for instruments and electronic sound. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego where he studied composition with Roger Reynolds and received a Master's degree while working with Chaya Czernowin. He has a bachelor's in composition from the Eastman School of Music.

Ben has been composer in research at IRCAM three times since 2010. He was also a composer affiliated with the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) and a Sonic Arts Researcher at CalIT2. He has had residencies at Cité des Arts, Centre Internationale de Récollets, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In addition to writing concert music, he has collaborated with other artists to create multimedia installations with realtime graphics, sound and motion tracking.

Notable performances include those by the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, the L.A. Percussion Quartet, the Collage New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble SurPlus and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His work has been presented in venues such as Cité de la Musique, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the MATA festival, SIGGRAPH, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ingenuity Festival, E-Werk, the Pelt Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Roulette Concert Space and Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Ben's music can be heard on CD releases by the Carrier Records and EMF labels.

Recent/Upcoming Events

4/9/2018 - Lockstep Variations will be premiered by the New York New Music Ensemble at DiMenna Center in NYC. 6/16/2017 - Lines of Communication will be performed by Mari Kimura, Sam Wells, and Keith Kirchoff at the SPLICE Institute in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. 4/1/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba on April 1st 2017 in Spain. 3/25/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival "Flesap" in Segorbe Spain on March 25th 2017. 3/10/2017 - Liquid Study no 2 for piano and electronic sound will be premiered by Ian Buckle at the University of Leed's International Concert Series on March 10th 2017. 6/14/2016 - Open End will be performed by Marc Moreno Albors in Valencia Spain. 3/8/2016 - Dot Matrix Dialect will be premiered by the Pixels Ensemble in the Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool, UK. 3/4/2016 - Liquid Study no. 1 performed the Gildas String Quartet in Manchester UK. 1/28/2016 - hub will be performed by the The House of Bedlam at New Music North West in Manchester UK. 6/4/2015 - open end will be performed by Hamish Upton at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. 4/1/2015 - open end will be performed by Matthew Andreini at the the University of Northern Iowa, USA. 3/13/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at the University of Denver, USA. 3/12/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Adams State University, USA. 3/10/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Fort Lewis College, USA. 2/4/2015 - Liquid Etude no. 1 will be premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in California.