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Young American pianist, Benjamin Warsaw actively pursues a career as a classical pianist, composer, teacher, and accompanist. He has performed numerous solo and ensemble concerts throughout North America. His performances have received enthusiastic reviews from Clavier Magazine, ABC News, Canadian Press, Fox News, and Minneapolis StarTribune. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Benjamin gave his New York City debut in May 2007 at Victor Borge Hall. 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. Benjamin received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University. Principal teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Anthony Di Bonaventura, and Cary Lewis. In addition, Benjamin has had the privilege of performing for internationally acclaimed concert pianists, such as Earl Wild, Menahem Pressler, Victor Rosenbaum, and Anton Kuerti.
Benjamin has performed solo, chamber music, and original compositions in many festivals and masterclasses including, Wiener Masterclasses, Banff Center Piano Master Classes, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Chautauqua Institution, Brandywine International Piano Festival, the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, and Brevard Music Center. Throughout his studies, he has been awarded various scholarships, such as the Howard Hanson Scholarship, George Eastman Grant, and Boston University General Scholarship. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Teachers National Association, and Savannah Music Teachers Association. Recent competition prizes include 2nd prize Professor Dichler International Competition, Vienna; 2nd prize Chautauqua International Competition; 1st prize Boston University Honor’s Competition; and semi-finalist in the International Keyboard Festival Competition, Mannes College, NY.
Benjamin is an active performer in the arts throughout Georgia. He serves as Assistant Professor at Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA. At Armstrong, Benjamin teaches piano and theory and is Artistic Director of Piano in the Arts, a concert series dedicated to promoting piano music to the Savannah community. Benjamin has been on piano faculty at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Academy of Music, Tanglewood Institute, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where his original compositions were featured on NPR.
Benjamin enjoys collaborations in many different settings. He has worked with notable dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company and Boston Ballet Company and School. In 2015, Benjamin released his debut album, Warsaw plays Warsaw, featuring a set of 24 Preludes of original music for piano.
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