Benjamin Hochman, Piano (Leave of Absence)
Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, pianist Benjamin Hochman made his successful New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has since established a vibrant musical presence in New York City through concerts with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, a Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and a succession of recital and chamber performances at 92nd Street Y.
The Washington Post praised his recent Kennedy Center recital and additional debuts have included performances with the Chicago Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman and the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
In November 2013 Avie Records released Mr. Hochman’s critically acclaimed solo album entitled Homage to Schubert; his debut solo recording of works by Bach, Berg and Webern was released by Artek in 2009. He recorded Insects and Paper Airplanes: The Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon in 2010 for Bridge Records in collaboration with the Daedalus Quartet.
Hochman began his studies at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music. He is currently on the piano faculty of Bard College and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
“I believe that my role as a teacher is to help young artists deepen their knowledge and understanding of music, while expanding their means of expression. I guide my students towards achieving musicianship of quality and encourage them to find their own perspective in the music they play, with the goal of effectively communicating that to an audience. I believe that there is an individual trajectory that is right for each student and that music is a lifelong quest for expression. Ultimately, I hope to teach my students how to teach themselves so that they can achieve their goals and attain their aspirations.
I have been fortunate to study in depth with two distinguished musicians: Claude Frank and Richard Goode, and have also worked closely with many great artists at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes The New School for Music, and the Marlboro School of Music. The traditions and insights that my teachers have handed down to me have shaped who I am as an artist, and continuously inform my teaching. I welcome the opportunity to pass on these musical values to the next generation of musicians.”