Winner of 2011’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has been described by the New York Times as “a gifted, fast-rising artist”. He has earned widespread acclaim for his performances as soloist with the New York, Israel and Prague Philharmonics and the San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Houston Symphonies, among others. Recent and forthcoming orchestral highlights include a reengagement with the Chicago Symphony and a debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Louvre in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In 2009, Mr. Hochman released his first album on Artek featuring two Bach Keyboard Partitas alongside works by Berg and Webern. His recording of solo works by Schubert, Kurtag and Jorg Widmann, will be released by Avie in 2013.
An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Tokyo, Mendelssohn and Casals Quartets, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, and with Miklós Perényi and Cho-Liang Lin. A regular guest at international music festivals, Hochman has appeared at Marlboro, Ravinia, Gilmore, Lucerne, Prussia Cove, Klavierfestival Ruhr and many others. He has participated in three prestigious residencies: Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, Isaac Stern’s International Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, and Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops.
Highlights of Mr. Hochman’s 2011-2012 season were solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Jerusalem and Washington, DC. He performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music performances include The Curtis Institute of Music, New York’s 92Y, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at the Morgan Library and the Boston Chamber Music Society at Sanders Theater.
Born in Jerusalem, Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He joins the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Boston in Fall 2012. Benjamin Hochman is a Steinway Artist. His website is www.benjaminhochman.com.