Benjamin Marquise Gilmore was born in 1987 into a musical family and grew up in England. At the age of ten he won a scholarship to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and since 2005 has been studying with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory.
He has performed in many prestigious halls around the world including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Brahms Saal in Vienna and at festivals such as Kuhmo, Dubrovnik and Utrecht. He is a dedicated chamber musician and has collaborated with many renowned artists including Julian Rachlin, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Nabuko Imai, Janine Jansen, Elisabeth Leonskaya, and with ensembles such as the Vienna Brahms Trio, the Gould Piano Trio, the Hugo Wolf Quartet and the Altenberg Trio.
As a soloist he has appeared with ensembles such as the Mikkeli Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, and has often performed with his grandfather, the conductor Lev Markiz. He also takes a keen interest in contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Gavin Bryars, Bernhard Lang, and on several occasions with Giya Kancheli.
In 2010 he won 3rd prize at the Mirecourt international violin competition, and in 2012 was awarded 2nd prize and a special prize for Bach interpretation at the Yampolsky competition in Moscow. In 2013 he was awarded 1st prize and a prize for his interpretation of the compulsory work at the Oskar Back competition in Amsterdam.
He became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 2011.