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February 3, 2020
Benjamin Hochman: Exploring New Worlds

Critical Acclaim for Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 24, out now on Avie. Hochman plays and conducts the English Chamber Orchestra.

"Mr. Hochman, whose career as a pianist has been thriving, took time off recently to study conducting. It was time well spent. The stylistic insight, elegance and sparkle of Mr. Hochman’s pianism are beautifully matched by the playing of the orchestra. The finale of the Concerto in G, structured in theme and variations form, is exceptionally inventive: Each variation comes as a bit of a surprise."
New York Times


Praise for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra:

"Hochman’s performance with the orchestra was absolutely thrilling, and it will be remembered as a highlight of the BSO's 124th season... Hochman made playing it look easy as his hands seemed to lightly dance up and down the keyboard. Soloist, conductor and orchestra became one in a riveting performance."
Bangor Daily News


GetClassical profiled Hochman ahead of his performances at 92Y last week, discussing his career thus far and training as a conductor: Pianist Benjamin Hochman—“Music is Music”

At 39, Israeli-American pianist Benjamin Hochman is in a good place. The deeply engaging pianist has gained a reputation for excellence. (...)

In 2015, with the goal in mind to apply for Juilliard’s conductor course, he arranged for a concert, conducting his friends and colleagues in Beethoven’s 1st Symphony, which fulfilled a request of the course’s application process. Under Hochman’s direction, the successful encounter led to the founding of the Roosevelt Island Symphony, now in its fourth season. (...)

“There were only two pupils accepted into the prestigious Juilliard conducting program, which was led by Alan Gilbert and wonderful guest conductors, and it was a fantastic experience for me,” says Hochman. (...) A recipient of the Bruno Walter Scholarship and Charles Schiff Award, Hochman trained under Gilbert and James Ross and was also appointed musical assistant to Louis Langrée, Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi, and Jeffrey Kahane during the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival, serving as assistant conductor to Leon Botstein for American Symphony’s concerts at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and to Emmanuel Villaume at Juilliard. Following masterclasses with Fabio Luisi, David Zinman, and many others, he was also part of the 2018 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar. 

There is something very personable about his eloquent, intelligent, and serious manner and elegant flair, which translate into artistic integrity on stage. Whether on the podium, at the keyboard in recital, or performing chamber music, Hochman sees himself mostly as a musician, deeply dedicated to the spirit of collaboration.

Profile in the Jerusalem PostAll About Mozart: Benjamin Hochman will perform the full cycle of Mozart piano sonatas over the next 8 months.

Profile in Classical PostIsraeli pianist Benjamin Hochman Immerses in Mozart After Sabbatical

Recent and Upcoming Performances:

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival | Chamber Music
Charlottesville, VA | September 13 & 15, 2019

Western Washington University | Recital
Bellingham, WA | October 4, 2019

San Diego Symphony | Cover Conductor for Rafael Payare
October 11 & 12, 2019

Bangor Symphony Orchestra | Lucas Richman
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
November 10, 2019

Coastal Concerts | Recital
Lewes, DE | November 16, 2019

92Y | Recital
Buttenwieser Hall | November 22, 2019

Israel Conservatory | Recital
Mozart Cycle
December 23, & 25, 2019
August 25, 27 & 29, 2020

Greenwich Symphony | David Gilbert
Schumann: Piano Concerto
January 11 & 12, 2020

92Y | Chamber Music
Buttenwieser Hall | January 24, 2020

Boston Chamber Music Society | Chamber Music
Cambridge, MA | February 16, 2020

Benefit for Goddard Riverside | Recital with Fred Sherry
New York, NY | February 24, 2020

San Diego Symphony | Cover Conductor for Bramwell Tovey
March 7 & 8, 2020

Bard Conservatory | Recital
March 13, 2020

Schubert Club | Chamber Music
St. Paul, MN | March 29, 2020

Roosevelt Island Orchestra 
April 17, 2020

Bard Conservatory | Recital
May 3, 2020

Linton Chamber Music Series | Chamber Music
Cincinnati, OH | May 10 & 11, 2020

Brooklyn Public Library | Chamber Music
Brooklyn NY | May 17, 2020

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