Ben Gaunt (b. 1984) was born in Sale, Greater Manchester and has studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Metropolitan University, and The University of Sheffield. He has studied with Adam Gorb, Paul Patterson, Dorothy Ker, and George Nicholson. He has worked with Ensemble 10/10, Icarus Ensemble, Christopher Redgate, Size Zero Opera, Absolution Saxophone Quartet, Tempest Flute Trio, The Noise Upstairs, and a variety of musicians across the UK and Europe. Ben's education and performances have been funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, and the Sir Max Bemrose Bursary Trust.

Ben co-founded Sounds of the Engine House, with fellow composers Steven Jackson and Eve Harrison, dedicated to promoting the music of living composers. Sounds of the Engine House organise concerts at various venues across Manchester, including The Bridgewater Hall and The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, featuring music by established composers, emerging artists, and Ben, Steven, and Eve.