Ben Gundersheimer (MISTER G)
Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree. His dynamic, interactive bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections.
A graduate of Amherst College and the recipient of the first songwriting scholarship awarded by the Berklee College of Music, Ben created a curriculum that incorporates songwriting as a learning tool for his Masters of Education thesis. Inspired by his 4th- grade students, he began writing the songs that would comprise his debut family album while working as a classroom teacher.
More than a decade later, MISTER G has released 12 albums of original, multicultural music and received numerous accolades including a Latin GRAMMY Award and five Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. He tours internationally headlining performing arts centers, festivals, and theaters, performing in both English and Spanish.
Selected venues include: the National Theatre (Washington, DC), JazzFest (New Orleans), Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza (Chicago), Hard Rock Cafe (Philadelphia), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Central Park SummerStage (New York City), JW3 (London), Parque Chapultepec (Mexico City).
Also an author, Ben has published two picture books with Penguin Random House based on his original, bilingual songs. "Señorita Mariposa" chronicles the extraordinary migration of the monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, while "Lilah Tov Good Night" is a lyrical lullaby which celebrates the beauty of our world and the spirit of resilience in a refugee family.
An outspoken environmental activist, Ben has performed at the National Climate Rally and headlined annual concerts on Capitol Hill. His environmental partners include, the US Forest Service, Eco Niños, Moms Clean Air Force and Corazon Latino.
With touring and performing indefinitely on hold due to the global pandemic, Ben pivoted and launched MISTERG.tv, a streaming platform that blends entertainment with education while deepening young people’s identities as global citizens.