Chorale Prelude by J.S. Bach
from Preludes (2012)
Young American pianist, Benjamin Warsaw actively pursues a career as classical pianist, teacher, accompanist, and composer, and has performed numerous solo and ensemble concerts throughout North America. Benjamin participated in Testaments of the Heart, which received enthusiastic reviews from ABC News, Canadian Press, Fox News, and Minneapolis StarTribune. In May 2007, Benjamin gave his New York City debut at Victor Borge Hall, located in the Scandinavia House. Recent concert highlights include: Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Yamaha Hall and Haydn Birthplace, Vienna, Austria; O’Shaughnessy Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; and JFK Birthplace, Boston, MA. During the summer of 2013, Benjamin had the great honor of performing for President Jimmy Carter.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Benjamin received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with Ms. Rebecca Penneys. In May 2011 Benjamin completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of the late, Anthony di Bonaventura. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Teachers National Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and is president-elect of the Savannah Music Teachers Association. As a collaborator and composer, Benjamin has accompanied and composed music for several notable dance organizations, including, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and is currently the resident composer for Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Along with his brother, Chef Ari Warsaw, the two brothers form the unique duo, Musical Cuisine, a business which offers hours of private home concerts, catered by master Chef Ari.
Benjamin has studied and performed solo and chamber music and original compositions in many summer festivals and masterclasses including: Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Wiener Masterclasses, Banff Center Piano Master Classes, Chautauqua Institute for the Arts, Brandywine International Piano Festival, the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes. In July 2011, his original compositions were broadcasted on National Public Radio in Blue Lake, MI.
Throughout his graduate degrees, Benjamin taught various classes, including piano lessons to other college and graduate students. Upon completion of his doctorate in 2011, Benjamin returned to Atlanta to further education in the South and taught at Georgia Perimeter College. In the fall of 2013, Benjamin accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA, where he is chairman of the piano department and teaches piano, theory, and other piano related courses.
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