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Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, Mr. Hochman previously made his New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He subsequently established a vibrant and venerated musical presence in New York City through concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra, his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and a succession of prominent recital and chamber performances at 92nd Street Y. Following his debut with the Chicago Symphony in a Mozart Piano Concerto project with Pinchas Zukerman and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, he returned at the invitation of Emanuel Ax to participate in the 2012 “Keys to the City” Festival.
Highlights from Mr. Hochman’s 2015-2016 season include recitals for the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Series performing the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano with Sharon Robinson, and a new work for violin and piano by Frederic Rzewski at the Library of Congress with Jennifer Koh. Orchestral engagements include performances of De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with Kansas City Symphony, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with Omaha Symphony, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story with Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 with Greenwich Symphony in Connecticut.
In February 2015, Mr. Hochman released Variations based on his recital of the same title, for Avie Records. His debut solo recording of works by Bach, Berg and Webern was released by Artek in 2009 and he recorded Insects and Paper Airplanes: The Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon in 2010 for Bridge Records in collaboration with the Daedalus Quartet. In 2013 Avie Records released Mr. Hochman’s second solo album entitled Homage to Schubert featuring Schubert’s Sonata in A, D. 664, and Sonata in D, D. 850, alongside contemporary tributes to Schubert: Jörg Widmann’s Idyll und Abgrund: Six Schubert Reminiscences and Kurtág’s Homage to Schubert. This recording serves as an expression of Mr. Hochman’s deeply-felt passion and respect for Schubert’s subtle, intimate and mesmerizing music, which he says reveals a striking dichotomy between lyricism and drama. The album received praise for both its programming choices and virtuosic performances.
Born in Jerusalem, Benjamin Hochman began his studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and Emanuel Krasovsky in Tel Aviv. He 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 is currently on the piano faculty of Bard College. Benjamin Hochman is a Steinway Artist and lives in New York City.