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Biography
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 across North America and Europe. In 2008, after winning the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Young Artist Auditions, 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 finalist in the first Pittsburgh Symphony Concerto Competition. Most recently, he was nominated for the 2013 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award and won first prize in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition. 2013 also brought his New York City debut at Liederkranz Hall and performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestras in Valencia, Spain and California.

Hopkins has played in masterclasses for many renowned pedagogues and pianists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, Julian Martin, Frederic Chiu, and Stephen Hough. An avid chamber musician, he studies the collaborative literature with violinist Henry Gronnier and performs frequently as a collaborator in the Los Angeles area. After earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was named Keyboard Department Outstanding Undergraduate, he is continuing his graduate studies at USC with Lucinda Carver. His past teachers include Brian Preston and Norman Krieger.
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