Since winning first prize in the 2007 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won numerous local, national, and international awards and has performed in Rochester, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and New Orleans as well as Italy and England. In 2008, as a result of winning the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Ness Award, Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship, and Special Award, he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been honored with first prize at the David Hochstein Recital Competition, the prestigious Howard Hanson Award, and as a winner of the Phi Beta, Pi Iota Chapter of Los Angeles Piano Scholarship Auditions. Most recently, he was a nominee for the 2013 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship, and a finalist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition.
Hopkins has played in masterclasses for many renowned teachers and pianists, including Menahem Pressler, Julian Martin, Frederic Chiu, and Stephen Hough. His performances have been heard on KUSC and WXXI radio in LA and Rochester. An avid chamber musician, he works closely with violinist Henry Gronnier. Hopkins is currently continuing his graduate studies with Lucinda Carver at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.