Benjamin Jagec, Croatian clarinetist, was born in 1995. He studied clarinet performance at the Varaždin Music School before he moved to Vienna in 2014. and started his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Ernst Ottensamer. In 2017. he continued his studies in the class of Stefan Neubauer and Christoph Moser.
Since the early beginnings he showed special talent and during his studies in Croatia he won many awards at National and International Competitions, all of them 1st and 2nd awards. The first professional Competitions he attended at the age of 21 and he has won 2nd prize at clarinet competition in Sofia (Bulgaria) and 3rd prize in Zagreb (Croatia). In 2020 he won the Anny Felbermayer-Fonds Scholarship which supports talented students at Univesity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
As a soloist he played twice with Varazdin Chamber Orchestra and Donau Jugend Orchester, as a part of their Orchestra Tour in Romania and Hungary. He has held numerous recitals and attended many masterclasses from world-renowned clarinetist such as Yehuda Gilad, Philippe Cuper, Pascal Moragues, Sharon Kam etc. He was invited to take part in Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France as well as Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden where he worked with famous chamber music teachers.
As an orchestral musician he is very active and has extensive orchestral experience. He performed with numerous symphony orchestras such as Beethoven Philharmonie, Mozart Orchester Wien, Wiener Kaiser Orchester, Nova Orchester Wien, Webern Symphony Orchester, Vienna Ensemble, Ton Der Jugend Orchester, Isa Festival Orchestra, Slowenisches Kammerorchester Wien, Orpheus Kammerorchester. It is worth to mention that he was a part of Vienna Walzer Orchestra on the Asia Tour in 2016, where he performed in leading international concert venues in China, Japan and Korea such as the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center etc.. As a member of Beethoven Philharmonie he performed in Paris (2018) and in Oper Klosterneuburg, one of the most famous Austrian summer operas.