Pianist Benjamin Hochman's Coastal Concerts Debut
Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Lewes
Presented by Coastal Concerts
November 16 will mark the Coastal Concerts debut of the exciting young pianist Benjamin Hochman, whose virtuosic performances blend colorful artistry with poetic interpretation to the delight of audiences and critics alike. After hearing him in recital, New York Times music critic, Anthony Tommasini responded, “I kept thinking that classical music doesn’t get better than this.” Possessed of an intellectual and heartfelt musical inquisitiveness, frequently juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar works in his concert programs, a talent that also extends to his thoughtful recorded repertoire, his playing was described by the Vancouver Sun as “stylish and lucid, with patrician authority and touches of elegant wit.”
Hochman’s November 16 concert will take place at 2:00 PM in Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, 4th & Market Streets in Lewes. It will be preceded at 1:00 PM by Performance Insights, a presentation and discussion examining and illuminating various facets of the music and its historical context led by Coastal Concerts board member, Lani Spahr, professional oboist, accomplished bagpiper, writer, producer, and internationally acclaimed audio remastering engineer.
The theme of the concert is “Words and Music”, works inspired by literature. It will include works by Brahms, Chopin, and contemporary composer, Thomas Adès, and will feature Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16. The piano recital of this multi-talented musician promises to be truly dazzling.
Born in Jerusalem, Benjamin Hochman began his piano studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy and Emanuel Krasovsky in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank, and the Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Mr. Hochman made his New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and went on to establish a vibrant musical presence in New York City through concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra and a succession of prominent recital and chamber performances at 92nd Street Y. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and his debut with the Chicago Symphony in a Mozart Piano Concerto project with Pinchas Zukerman and Hubbard Street Dance. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and has been engaged for three subscription series with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, Benjamin Hochman performs in major cities around the world as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Working with an array of renowned orchestras and musicians, he has performed as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Israel and Prague Philharmonics; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, American, New Jersey, Portland, Vancouver, and Jerusalem Symphonies; the New York String Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Tel Aviv Soloists, and Istanbul State Orchestra. He has played under eminent conductors such as Gianandrea Noseda, David Robertson, John Storgårds, Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Jun Märkl, Leon Botstein, Bramwell Tovey, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Weilerstein, Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and Kaspar Zehnder.
In recent years, Hochman’s admiration for the rich orchestral repertoire has led him to pursue conducting. He was appointed musical assistant to Louis Langrée and to guest conductors at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival, including Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi and Jeffrey Kahane. He has served as assistant conductor to Leon Botstein for American Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and to Emmanuel Villaume at Juilliard. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard conducting program, where he received the Bruno Walter Scholarship and Charles Schiff Award, Hochman trained under Alan Gilbert and James Ross.
In October 2019, Hochman’s debut album as conductor and concerto soloist will be released on Avie Records: Mozart Piano Concerti No. 17 and No. 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra. His 2015 album for Avie was titled Variations and included works by Luciano Berio, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, George Benjamin, and Brahms. His second solo album, Homage to Schubert, recorded for Avie Records in 2013, features Schubert’s Sonata in A Major, D. 664 and Sonata in D Major, D. 850, alongside contemporary tributes to Schubert, Jörg Widmann’s Idyll und Abgrund: Six Schubert Reminiscences and Kurtág’s Homage to Schubert. Hochman’s debut solo recording of works by Bach, Berg and Webern was released by Artek in 2009. He has also recorded chamber music by Lawrence Dillon with the Daedalus Quartet for Bridge Records and by Lisa Bielawa for Innova Recordings.
An enthusiastic collaborator, Hochman has worked with the Tokyo, Shanghai, Mendelssohn, Casals, Pražák, Daedalus, Escher, Jerusalem, and Borromeo Quartets; Zukerman ChamberPlayers; and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets, as well as pianists Jonathan Biss, Orion Weiss, and Shai Wosner, violinists Lisa Batishvili and Ani Kavafian, and cellists Miklós Perényi, Efe Baltacigil, and Ralph Kirshbaum.
A dedicated advocate for contemporary music, Hochman has worked closely with composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Brett Dean, Philippe Hurel, Joan Tower, William Bolcom, Yehudy Wyner, Tamar Muskal, David Ludwig, Menachem Wiesenberg, Jesse Brault, Gilad Cohen and Max Grafe.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Hochman presents the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas at the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv and continues his traversal of the cycle at the Bard College Conservatory. He performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Gilbert. He presents two programs on the subject of “Words and Music” at the 92nd Street Y in New York: a solo piano recital with works by Brahms, Adés, and Schumann, and a vocal program of Janáček Diary of One Who Vanished and Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire. Recitals at Coastal Concerts in Delaware and the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University, and chamber concerts at Boston Chamber Music Society, Schubert Club in Minnesota, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and Linton Chamber Music in Cincinnati round out the season. He serves as assistant conductor to Rafael Payare and Bramwell Tovey at San Diego Symphony.
Hochman is founder and music director of the Roosevelt Island Symphony, an ensemble consisting of New York’s top orchestral and chamber musicians which presents its fourth season in 2019-2020. He is currently on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music. Benjamin Hochman is a Steinway Artist and lives in New York City. He is represented by Kirshbaum Associates, Inc. In New York. His website is www.benjaminhochman.com.
Coastal Concerts is a non-profit organization committed to promoting classical music through live concerts, outreach, and educational activities. Coastal Concerts programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. The Division promotes arts events on www,delawarescene.org.
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Pianist Benjamin Hochman's Coastal Concerts Debut
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, 129 W. Fourth Street, Lewes, DE, 19958
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