“Elegant, polished, and heartfelt... Hochman penetrated to the rustic heart of Schubert's turbulent emotional world.”
— The Boston Globe
“Classical music doesn't get better than this.”
— The New York Times
Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances have led The New York Times’ critic, Anthony Tommasini to write: “… as I listened to the pianist Benjamin Hochman’s sensitive, exciting renditions of four contemporary works that explore the form of theme and variation (including one premiere), I kept thinking that classical music doesn’t get better than this.”
Since his New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mr. Hochman has 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 performed his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl and was engaged for three subscription series with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Mr. Hochman’s debut solo recording of works by Bach, Berg and Webern was released by Artek. He recorded his second solo album, titled Homage to Schubert, for Avie records. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, his festival highlights include Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Bard, Gilmore and Vail in North America, as well as international festivals such as Lucerne, Spoleto, Verbier, Ruhr, Israel Festival and Prussia Cove. Mr. Hochman has performed internationally at such major halls as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, the Louvre, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Tivoli Theatre in Copenhagen, l'Auditori de Barcelona, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. A masterful collaborator, Benjamin Hochman has worked with the Tokyo, Shanghai, Mendelssohn, Casals, Prazak, Daedalus, Escher and Borromeo Quartets, Zukerman ChamberPlayers, members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Orion String Quartets, Jonathan Biss, Orion Weiss, Shai Wosner, Cho-Liang Lin and Ani Kavafian, Miklós Perényi and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Mr. Hochman’s admiration for the rich orchestral repertoire has led him in recent years to seriously pursue conducting studies. They resulted in Mr. Hochman’s appointment as the musical assistant to Louis Langrée and guest conductor at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival, including Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi and Jeffrey Kahane. He has also served as assistant conductor to Leon Botstein for American Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Alice Tully Hall.
Performing at Music Mountain on Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3 PM, Gordon HallTickets