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Benjamin Knorr (b. 1996) is a dynamic composer for visual media, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Growing up in a musically rich family, Ben often played guitar and banjo with his siblings in their family band, the ‘Knorr Kids,’ performing at senior centers and special events. His musical journey began with guitar lessons at age seven and flourished in high school, where he was an active member of the choir, jazz band, concert band, and string orchestra. His performances at the Banff Rocky Mountain Festival and Magic Music Days at Disneyland ignited his passion for a music career. In Grade 10, Ben composed and performed a banjo concerto at Musica Sacra at the University of Regina with the Campbell Collegiate String Orchestra. Outside of school he also served as the principal French Hornist for the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra.

In 2014, Ben earned a spot at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, on the North American Scholarship Tour. He was awarded the T-Bone Walker Award by the guitar department in 2015 and performed at major festivals like Fresh Grass and 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival. Ben also accompanied Canadian folk duo Quinn and Qristina Bachand at Folk Music Ontario and Folk Alliance.
In 2016, Ben received the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music and began arranging for the Berklee World Strings. He also performed with Wang Leehom at a sold-out show in Boston’s Symphony Hall. In 2017, Ben arranged a medley of Canadian songs for Berklee's YouTube channel to celebrate Canadian Music Week and played at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. for Canada Day with Samantha Robichaud Corkum.

Graduating summa cum laude in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring, Ben was honored with the Don Wilkins’ Award for Film Scoring and the Courtney Hartman American Roots Guitar Award (a hand-crafted dreadnaught guitar by Dana Bourgeois, CEO of Bourgeois guitars). At the commencement ceremony, Ben conducted a 30-piece pop ensemble for his arrangement of Rosanne Cash songs. During his time at Berklee, Ben had the privilege to study with Eugene Friesen, Casey Driessen, Tony Trischka, Julian Lage, Bruce Molsky, Maeve Gilchrist, and many other influential educators. 

After graduation, Ben and his peers recorded their score for Universal Pictures’ re-release of the 1928 silent film, The Man Who Laughs, premiering it live-to-picture at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Returning to Canada, Ben worked with Swedish folk band Väsen to transcribe their album Brewed and served as the house accompanist at the 2018 Canadian Grandmasters Fiddle Championships.
Ben continues to nurture his Canadian roots by teaching at the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party and arranging for the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra. He collaborated with fiddler Shane Cook on a medley for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and was commissioned to write a piece for the Campbell Collegiate Wind Ensemble to honor the retirement of his high school band teacher, Scott Peters.

Now based in Los Angeles, Ben works as a composer and studio musician for Audiomachine, contributing to notable trailer albums like Worlds of Wonder 2, Whodunnit?, Genre Collection: Tension, Marauder, The Curious Case of The Hotel Crooked, Intros 3, Decadence, Believe, Nomad, and Reimagined. His recordings also feature on Studio Series albums such as Rough and Tumble, You and I, Confections and Curiosities, Wayfarer, Hometown, Black Tie, Strummin’ Summer, Touch Stone, Exit Strategy, Timber and Tumbleweeds, Fragmented Reality, Punchline, Sticks and Bones, Ritmo De La Gente, Mercenary, and Dark Web.

Ben's music can be heard in trailers for FX’s Shogun, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and Netflix’s Bridgerton Season 2. His work also features in TV spots for Searchlight Pictures' Killers of the Flower Moon, Banshees of Inisherin, and Wonka. In the video game world, Ben has contributed to titles such as Metal Slug Awakening, Onmyoji, and the upcoming Delta Force Hawk Ops. He has composed music for over 16 seasons of Call of Duty Mobile and, with Audiomachine, won a G.A.N.G. award for Best Audio for a Casual or Social Game in 2023.

Ben is a member of SOCAN.

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