Ben Hippen is a composer, songwriter, and recording artist. He makes music in a wide variety of styles and genres — from symphonic works to solo piano miniatures, pop songs to electronica. As one half of Eggen & Hippen he performs live with singer Kristin Eggen.
Originally from the rural Midwest of the US, Ben has lived and worked in big cities and small towns, and also in central and East Africa. His experiences in Africa inspired his compositions Virunga and Asmara. Educated at Harvard, he worked with the original development team of the Finale music notation software as well as many other groundbreaking music technology projects. He is also an emergency physician.
Ben strives to combine the upfront emotional appeal of pop music and songwriting with the immersive complexity of contemporary classical styles to produce music that rewards repeated listenings.