Ben Pendergrass is a freelance bassist and bass teacher living in Los Angeles. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA studying double bass performance with Chris Hanulik. He currently performs regularly with the Pacific Opera Project and has been touring with Grammy winning cellist Antonio Lysy playing in his show Te Amo Argentina. He has also performed as a sub with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concerts at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and has performed in the Lark Music Society’s Dilijan chamber music series. At UCLA, he was the winner of the Atwater Kent string concerto competition in 2010 and performed the Koussevitzky bass concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia in concerts at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and at LACMA’s Bing Theater. In the summer of 2012, he was one of a small group of UCLA string players given the opportunity to attend Incontri in Terra di Sienna music festival outside of Montepulciano, Italy. In junior and senior years in high school, Ben was a member of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra and during college was member of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. Outside of classical music, Ben enjoys playing jazz with his dad and brother and playing electric bass in his church’s worship band.