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Steinway Artist Benjamin Hochman to perform in Powell Piano Series

March 25th, 2013 8:39 am by staff report

Steinway Artist Benjamin Hochman to perform in Powell Piano Series

Benjamin Hochman will perform at ETSU March 29.

JOHNSON CITY — Benjamin Hochman will perform a program of works by Janacek, Schumann and Chopin in East Tennessee State University’s Powell Piano Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, in Mathes Hall.

Winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hochman has been described by the New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist.”  According to the ETSU Department of Music, his “eloquent and virtuosic performances have earned him critical acclaim and his rare combination of bravura and poetry has excited audiences and critics alike.”

Hochman has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, and the orchestras of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle and Vancouver.  He has also engaged in multiple projects with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies.

Born in Jerusalem, Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Mannes College of Music in New York.  The Steinway Artist is currently on the piano faculty of the Longy School of Music at Bard College, Red Hook, N.Y.

While at ETSU, Hochman will conduct a master class for pianists from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, in 106 Mathes Hall.

Tickets for his March 29 performance are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students with valid ID.

The ETSU Department of Music’s Powell Piano Series began in the fall of 2007 in honor of Jim and Sandy Powell and is dedicated to the advancement of solo piano performance by outstanding national and international artists.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Department of Music at (423) 439-4276.

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