Violist Benton Wedge received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Peter Slowik. Based in Chicago, he performs with groups including Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Symphony, the H.A.W.K. Quartet and Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet. He also was a member of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and the Fidelio String Quartet in Portugal for three years. A composer and an arranger, his music has been performed by the Revolution Ensemble, the Covington String Quartet and members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Benton has appeared in televised performances with Celine Dion and Enrique Iglesias, with Il Divo on Oprah, as well as WTTW Soundstage shows with Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Burt Bacharach, Faith Hill, and Aaron Neville. Ben has recorded with Kurt Elling, Cheap Trick and Mannheim Steamroller, and has performed with popular acts such as the Beach Boys, Kansas, ELO, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Smokey Robinson, Il Divo, and Andrea Bocelli.