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Benjamin Hochman
Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Philadelphia (Curtis), New York (Mannes & Juilliard)

Partosh Award (Israel), Verbier (Outstanding Pianist), Festorazzi Award (Curtis), Avery Fisher (Lincoln Center)
Avie Records, Artek, Avi
Short bio
Benjamin Hochman is a musician of exceptional versatility who regularly appears in multiple guises as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In recent years he has ventured into the orchestral repertoire as a conductor. His wide range of partners and projects is matched by his curiosity, focus, and ability to communicate deeply with audiences.

Benjamin Hochman has enjoyed an international performing career, appearing as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras under conductors including Gianandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, John Storgårds, and Joshua Weilerstein.

A winner of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, he performs at venues including Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Louvre in Paris, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Festival highlights include IMS Prussia Cove, Israel Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne, Santa Fe, Spoleto, and Verbier.

A graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program, where he received the Bruno Walter Scholarship and the Charles Schiff Award, Hochman trained under Alan Gilbert from 2016-2018. He served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée, Paavo Järvi, and Thierry Fischer at the Mostly Mozart festival in 2016.

In recent years he has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, The Orchestra Now at Bard Music Festival, the Florida Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra.
Hochman’s discography on Avie Records reflects his wide-ranging musical interests, which have received critical acclaim in the The New York Times (“Best Recordings”), and The New Yorker, among others.

Chamber music has been a vital part of Hochman’s life. His chamber music partners have included the Casals, Jerusalem, and Tokyo quartets, Lisa Batishvili, Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, Miklós Perényi, and David Soyer. Chamber music collaborations in 2021 include performances with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Viviane Hagner, Amihai Grosz and Susie Park, among numerous others.

Hochman is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, among them the Partosh Prize awarded by the Israeli Minister of Culture, the Outstanding Pianist citation at the Verbier Academy, and the Festorazzi Award from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Born in Jerusalem in 1980, began his piano studies at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and continued with private studies in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Mannes College of Music.

He serves on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music and is currently a Research Associate at Bard College Berlin. He is a Steinway Artist.

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