Guitarist Benjamin Silva comes from a musical family. He is the grandson of the renowned cellist Luigi Silva, and a laureate of numerous guitar competitions, including the MTNA, Sholin, and Stotsenberg, among others. He has performed for audiences across the United States and Spain, including Spanish royalty and the First Lady of the U.S. He performs regularly in and around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and recent appearances include concert series in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Washington, D.C., and Santiago de Compostela.
Silva holds a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from UNM, and a diploma in advanced study of Spanish music from the Curso Universitario Internacional de Música Española "Música en Compostela", 2004 (Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain). His most influential teachers include Thomas Patterson, Michael Chapdelaine, Richard Hermann, the Indian sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and José Luis Rodrigo, a student of Andrés Segovia. He is currently on the music faculty of the Public Academy for Performing Arts, and in addition to his teaching activities there and at UNM, he concertizes with his flute and guitar duo "Duologue" and is an Artistic Director and co-founder of GUITARAlbuquerque.