An eminently talented classical guitarist, Ben has the knack of making serious music accessible. His Guitar Player column provided humorous lessons dealing with proper posture and the importance of working on scales. He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Fred Hand, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Herman Prey, John Williams and with his ensemble Ufonia. His recording Some Towns and Cities includes fifteen original compositions, and won the 1992 Best Classical Guitar Recording in Guitar Player Magazine. John Williams and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have recorded his compositions. Mr. Verdery is the chair of the guitar department at the Yale University School of Music.
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