Ben Nielsen grew up in Strathalbyn, South Australia and began playing trumpet at an early age. In 2005, he was offered a scholarship to attend Marryatville High School Special Interest Music Centre. During this time, Ben received tuition from Robbie Chenoweth, Geoff Bradley and James Dempsey. He was the recipient of a variety of awards and scholarships, and in 2008 had the opportunity to perform in Canada and America by invitation of the International Jazz Educators’ Association.
In 2013, Ben received a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide under the tutelage of Robin Finlay. He then completed a Master of Arts in Journalism (2015) at the University of Technology, Sydney. As part of the degree, he wrote a thesis on the 2015 NSW state election.
In 2017, Ben relocated to Albury/Wodonga to produce Breakfast with Joseph Thomsen and Mornings with Gaye Pattison on ABC Goulburn Murray. Later that year, he began working in the network's newsroom as an ABC News reporter. During the Christmas period, Ben presented Breakfast on ABC Goulburn Murray.
From 2015 to 2017, Ben was employed by ABC Classic FM as a Digital Producer.
Ben's work has been published across the ABC, NewsLifeMedia (GQ magazine), News Corp Adelaide (SA Weekend, Adelaide* magazine, Sunday Mail, New Home Magazine), SALife Publications (SAGardens), The Adelaide Review, Limelight magazine, ArtsHub, CutCommon magazine, AussieTheatre, Theatre People, Kryztoff Raw, On Dit, Australian Stage Online, and Dandy magazine.
He has presented on 2ser, Joy FM and the Community Radio Network, most notably as a presenter and reporter for The Wire, a daily current affairs program broadcast exclusively on community and Indigenous radio stations around Australia.
He has written program notes and given pre-concert talks for a variety of ensembles around the nation.
As a participant of the 2014 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp ‘Words About Music’ program, Ben produced and presented an interval feature for ABC Classic FM. He was subsequently awarded the 2014 Music Presentation Fellowship, a program facilitated by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and ABC Radio National's The Music Show.
Ben is a mentee of Matt Gilbertson, Peter Goers and Lachlan Philpott.