Noted by acclaimed author David Dubal as one of Juilliard’s finest musical talents, pianist-composer Benjamin Martin has become known as an artist of exceptional versatility and subtlety of expression. He has been described as ‘the consummate artist’ (The Age), and as a composer, ‘distinctive… arresting in style’ (New York Times).
His formal musical training began at the Victorian College of the Arts where he studied with Alexander Semetsky and Stephen McIntyre. At The Juilliard he was a pupil of John Browning, and later studied with the renowned Dorothy Taubman. He also studied piano with Maria Clodes Jaguaribe and composition with Robert Sirota at Tanglewood in 1987 and 1988 respectively, whereupon he also frequented masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein.
Benjamin has appeared regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and performed with artists such as Joshua Bell, Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, and Hartmut Lindemann. As a chamber musician Benjamin has recorded for Chandos, Tacet Records (Stuttgart), Melba Recordings, and BIS. In 2014, he released his debut solo album for Melba Recordings featuring 20th Century English music, which was described as “shattering…compelling” by Richard Adams, director of The Arnold Bax Society.
On the composing side, Benjamin’s career was launched when John Browning gave the World Premiere of his Three Portrait Etudes in 1993 at The Alice Tully Hall, NY. Martin’s Triple-Concerto Trinitas was highly praised by Murray Perahia, who attended the premiere given by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO) at the MRC in 2013. The MCO will be giving the premiere of Benjamin’s Passepied in April this year.
Benjamin has also contributed much in terms of musical education, such as working as consultant editor for Series 16 AMEB whereby he both chose and recorded virtually all the piano solo music for grades 5-8.
He is currently pianist for Firebird Trio, and has been on the piano teaching staff at The University of Melbourne since 1998.
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