Benedict Schlepper-Connolly

Composer & Producer



Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and producer from Dublin. As a composer, he moves between various musical forms, including chamber music, choral writing, orchestral work, arrangement, songwriting, field recording and music for dance and film. Benedict’s compositions frequently seek out an ecstatic quality, with a reduced palette of materials, rich tonal harmonies and rhythmic intricacy.

In recent years Benedict has worked with a range of orchestras and groups such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Klang, Crash Ensemble and Slagwerk den Haag. Recurring collaborations with performers such as vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, pianist Michael McHale and cellist Kate Ellis, feature prominently in his output. He has worked with musicians from across a wide musical spectrum, including Iarla Ó Lionáird, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Sam Amidon. Benedict often features as a performer, playing an array of instruments.

Benedict has produced over a dozen records, working in many studios, bespoke recording facilities and live recording environments across Europe. He has produced and mixed recordings for composers and performers such as Simon O’Connor, Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, Frankie Gavin and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir among many others.

Born in Ireland to an Irish father and German mother, Benedict studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy, Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz at both Trinity College, Dublin, and at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Along with Garrett Sholdice, Benedict runs Ergodos, a record label and production company founded in 2006.

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly's album The weathered stone is now available from Ergodos on deluxe heavyweight vinyl and in digital formats. 

Inspired by the secret histories of landscapes, old maps and memory, this is music possessing the ecstatic, unforced beauty of the natural world – at once minimal and teeming with matter.

The monumental opening track (The weathered stone) and the explosive string quartet that follows (A view from above) both deal in large, distinct, swathes of music in which a pattern warps elegantly over time. Schlepper-Connolly was inspired here by the corrosion and erosion of building materials and landscapes. He writes: “Landscapes erode, reshape and accumulate; my use of musical material here behaves in a similar way, with musical states exposed to time and altered, often subtly, sometimes more violently.”

The song, Beekeepers, which Schlepper-Connolly sings himself, forms the record’s intimate core. A song of memory, reflection and renewal, Beekeepers reveals new, expansive possibilities latent within Schlepper-Connolly’s musical language. These are further explored in the harmonically lush closing track, Field, which is again inspired by the action of time on the land. “In Field,” the composer writes, “musical material is much like earthly material: it retains many of its features over time, but its surface is continually transformed.”

Produced by the composer along with Garrett Sholdice, and mastered in Munich by the legendary Christoph Stickel (ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical), The weathered stone features performances of extraordinary grace and virtuosity, with the Robinson Panoramic Quartet (IRL), and pianist Saskia Lankhoorn (NL), and reedman Seán Mac Erlaine (IRL), joining Schlepper-Connolly to bring his vivid music to life.



There is an Island
The Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin tickets

20.10.16 + 21.10.16
performed by Saskia Lankhoorn, Amber Docters van Leeuwen & Diamanda Dramm
Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam tickets

The weathered stone (album launch)
performed by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly with Saskia Lankhoorn, Seán Mac Erlaine & Robinson Panoramic Quartet
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin tickets

The old ways
performed by Michael McHale (piano)
Church of Ireland, Clifden tickets

The old ways
performed by Michael McHale (piano)
Loam, Galway

The old ways
performed by Michael McHale (piano)
National Concert Hall, Dublin tickets

performed by Elisabeth Smalt (viola)
Kunstlocatie, Singel 383, Amsterdam

performed by Anita Vedres (violin) & Malachy Robinson (viol)
DLR Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire tickets

Was du mir warst
performed by Michael McHale (piano)
National Concert Hall, Dublin tickets