July 11, 2019
Season Preview: Benjamin Hochman
Jerusalem-born pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman's eloquent and virtuosic performances blend artistic bravura with poetic interpretation exciting audiences and critics alike.   Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, Mr. Hochman has established a vibrant international musical presence through concerts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver Symphonies, Prague Philharmonia, Istanbul State Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Conducting Program where he studied with Alan Gilbert, he has also attended the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, performed in masterclasses for Fabio Luisi and David Zinman, and served as musical assistant to Louis Langree at the 2016 Mostly Mozart festival. Recent and forthcoming guest conducting appearances include the Orlando Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica and The Orchestra Now. He is founder and music director of the Roosevelt Island Orchestra in NYC.  As conductor and soloist, his debut album with the English Chamber Orchestra on Avie Records featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerti No. 17 and No. 24 will be released in fall 2019.  

In season 2019-2020, Mr. Hochman continues his complete Mozart Piano Sonatas project at the Bard College Conservatory and the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv, and performs as soloist Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.  In recitals and chamber music concerts, he appears at 92nd Street Y in New York for a 2-part explorations on the usage of text painting by Brahms, Schumann, Janáček and Thomas Ades. Other chamber music appearances include Boston Chamber Music Society, Schubert Club, Linton Chamber Music Series, Coastal Concerts and the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University.

Fri, Nov 22, 2020 at 8 pm
Buttenwieser Hall, 92nd Street Y
New York City

Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10
Thomas Ades: Darkness Visible
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 8 pm
Buttenwieser Hall, 92nd Street Y
New York City

Benjamin Hochman, piano
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Bille Bruley, tenor
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
Janacek: Diary of One Who Disappeared

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode, he has recorded for Artek, Avie and Bridge Records.   Currently on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music, Mr. Hochman is a Steinway Artist and lives in New York City.

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