Benson is a proud New-Zealand born Samoan and a super talent. He was a Finalist and won second place in the 2014 Lexus Song Quest. That same year Benson completed his Bachelor of Music Honours (Vocal Performance) at the University of Auckland and was awarded the University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cultural Grant. He won first place in the 2015 Napier Aria Competition. Benson has performed as a concert soloist and in the chorus of several companies, most recently in Auckland Opera Studio’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Benson’s most recent success was winning the Symphony prize in the IFAC competition on Saturday night! He won a year’s free tuition at the Guildhall School in London and a scholarship opportunity to attend a very famous summer school in an upstate New York University.
He has been a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir since 2011 and in 2013 he toured with the choir to Canada and the United States. He is a member of New Zealand Opera’s Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus for 2014.
Benson is an enthusiastic teacher and works as a vocal coach at several high schools in Auckland. Next year Benson hopes to pursue postgraduate training at one of the elite music institutions in the UK.