Ben Salfield

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Ben Salfield pre-show at Nordhorn Festival, Germany.

Benjamin Dieter Salfield (born 11 December 1971) is an English lutenist, guitarist,[1] composer, teacher and promoter.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Ben Salfield was born in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, UK. His father, a German Jewish refugee, was children's psychiatrist Dr. Derek "Dieter" Salfield (1915-2006).[4]

Salfield's family settled in Cornwall, UK, when he was 9 years old, and he has lived there ever since. He began playing lute at 13 with Ian Thomson at Truro Guitar Studios.[1] When his teacher moved away, he was mainly self-taught. His concert début was in December 1988, and shortly after he performed for the Lute Society at the Artworkers Guild, Queens Square, London. His first international recital was at the Meschede Abteikonzerte, Cologne, Germany, in 1993, and his first full international tour – in the Czech Republic – took place three years later.[5]


Salfield has performed as a soloist, as an accompanist, and in ensemble with Horsemen of the Apocalypse.[6] In August 2015 he gave four concert performances in the UK with his new duo partnership featuring Italian classical guitarist Andrea Dieci, and that November appeared in a series of concerts with him in Poland.[7] BMG Magazine described the duo as "two of the world's finest musicians in their respective fields".[8] Ben Salfield has been a Hannabach Strings artist since 2015.[1]

Additional Information[edit]

In August 1994, Ben Salfield fought the last reported duel on UK soil with swords.[9] In January 2020, he began writing as a "political commentator and antisemitism campaigner" for The Times of Israel.[10]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Group, British Medical Journal Publishing (4 May 2006). "Derek Julius Salfield". BMJ. 332 (7549): 1098. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1098-c. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
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  6. ^ "Ben Salfield, Jon Salfield and Simon Stanton". Hay Festival. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Musicians' Round Table". JEFFREY GOODMAN MUSIC. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ BMG Magazine, Winter 2015, review by Si Hunter
  9. ^ Liddell, Stephen (3 April 2017). "Duelling – A Matter Of Honour". Stephen Liddell. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Where Now For the UK's Labour Party?". Retrieved 29 January 2020.

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