“…classical music doesn’t get better than this.”
The New York Times
A winner of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, Benjamin Hochman performs in major cities around the world as an orchestral soloist, conductor, recitalist and chamber musician, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Festival highlights include IMS Prussia Cove, Israel Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Tanglewood, and Verbier.
Since his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman, Hochman has performed as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras under eminent conductors such as Jaime Laredo, Gianandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, David Robertson, John Storgårds, and Joshua Weilerstein.
A graduate of The Juilliard School’s prestigious conducting program, where he received the Bruno Walter Scholarship, Hochman trained under Alan Gilbert. He has participated in conducting masterclasses with Fabio Luisi and David Zinman and has served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée, Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi, and Emmanuel Villaume.
Hochman’s debut album as conductor and concerto soloist was released to critical acclaim on Avie Records in 2019: Mozart Piano Concertos No. 17 and No. 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra. His equally acclaimed previous recordings for Avie include Variations, and Homage to Schubert.
His chamber music partners have included the Casals, Jerusalem, and Tokyo string quartets, pianist Jonathan Biss, violinist Lisa Batishvili, and cellist Miklós Perényi. Benjamin Hochman was a member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and participated in Isaac Stern’s International Chamber Music Encounters in Israel.
Hochman received the Outstanding Pianist citation at the Verbier Academy, the Festorazzi Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Partosh Prize awarded by the Israeli Minister of Culture. His performances have been broadcast on radio stations around the world including WQXR, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), Radio France, and Israel’s Voice of Music radio station, as well as on the European television network Mezzo.
Born in Jerusalem in 1980, 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. He has performed in masterclasses for Emmanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Murray Perahia, and Ferenc Rados.
His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. 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 and his website is www.benjaminhochman.com.