The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has appointed Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader. He will share the role with Stephanie Gonley.

His first concert as leader will be a programme of Mozart piano concertos with Kristian Bezuidenhout, conducted by Robin Ticciati on 8 and 9 December in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Gilmore has led the SCO on several occasions over the past few months. Assistant leader Ruth Crouch praised him as a ‘fantastic violinist’ with ‘a natural sense of style in varied repertoire’.

‘From the first time I played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra I felt an immediate rapport, both musically and personally, and it’s grown stronger ever since. I very much admire the Orchestra’s approach to music-making, combining a strong sense of unity and cohesion with an openness to new ideas and the flexibility to go in different directions. I’ve had some wonderful concerts with the SCO already and look forward to many more in the coming years.’

At the age of ten Benjamin won a scholarship to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School. From 2005 to 2010 he studied with Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin at the Vienna Conservatory; he has since forged an international career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Gilmore has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2011. He will continue to play for the ensemble.