Rhode Island native Joseph Bentley is an active freelancer, educator, and music director in the southeastern New England area. He has performed in nearly any style you can think of– from Classical orchestral playing to Vaudeville-inspired jazz to contemporary Indian music, he wears lots of hats.
Joseph performs regularly with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Community MusicWorks Players, Gloria Dei Artes, and the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra at Wheaton College.
Joseph plays with a number of bands – Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers, Dominic Dipasquale and Orchestra Romanza, and new Providence-based blues quartet The Daybreaks.
He is also fond of free-form improvisation, and can often be found experimenting with new compositions at open mic nights around Providence. Blending elements of the traditional American hymnal and modern elements of harmony and timbre, Joseph's compositions create unique while not unfamiliar textures.
As an educator, Joseph directs the Chamber and Instrumental Music Program at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, and is professor of Double Bass at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. He also teaches out of his home studio in East Providence.
MA, Royal Academy of Music, 2013 – Marylebone Student Award, Frank Britton Award
BM, Rhode Island College – Cantor Jacob Hohenemser Performance Award