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.” A strong musical presence in New York City, Mr. Hochman has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Israel Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, the American Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra as well as numerous guest engagements at 92nd Street Y. His Bach series at the Miller Theater was a resounding critical and audience success. He has appeared with the orchestras of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, Vancouver and National Arts Centre and engaged in multiple projects with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies. He has worked with eminent conductors including Akiyama, Kabaretti, Laredo, Markl, Pinnock, Robertson, Tovey, Weilerstein, and Zukerman. An avid chamber musician, he has been a regular guest at international music festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Gilmore, Lucerne, Prussia Cover, and Klavierfestival Ruhr. 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 2012-2013 season included solo recitals in Boston and Tel Aviv and a tour of Mexico. He returned for his third subscription series engagement with the Pittsburgh Symphony, performed Saint- Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals in his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and appeared with the Vancouver and Phoenix Symphonies. He took part in two chamber performances of Stravinsky, Beethoven and Fauré at New York's 92nd Street Y with Jaime Laredo, Steven Tenenbom and Sharon Robinson and collaborated with the Escher String Quartet in Buffalo and Bethlehem, Efe Baltacigil at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Brooklyn and Manhattan and at the Schubert Club’s “Accordo” series with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His third disc, Homage to Schubert, was released by Avie records in 2013. 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. He is currently on the piano faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College and is a Steinway Artist.