Pianist Benjamin Hochman—“Music is Music”

At 39, Israeli-American pianist Benjamin Hochman is in a good place. The deeply engaging pianist has gained a reputation for excellence, establishing himself on a short list of favorite acts on the New York classical concert scene—a notably tricky space to conquer. All Photo Credits: Jennifer Taylor Despite his swift arrival to a career at the crossroads of performing and conducting, it has not exactly been a straight-lined journey for Hochman, who, like many...
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AICF – In Support Of Israel’s Talent Network

An astounding display of musical talent was offered to guests and supporters at the festive 77th America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala last Tuesday evening, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater under the auspices of Israel’s Consul General in New York, Dani Dayan. (Photo: Ilona Oltuski -Prize ceremony David Stern for Ivry Gitlis ) Honoring the memory of Vera Stern, the musical program unified three generations of virtuosi, all of whom had received support...
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Notes on the Grammy Nomination Party at Le Poisson Rouge, New York, December 16, 2010

In “The Grammy that nobody knows,” Classical Beat’s Anne Midgette recently shared her worries about this year’s seemingly random classical music choices nominated to receive a Grammy. Her description of a watered-down selection process for Grammy nominations, resulting in an artificially inflated voting power of even the smallest majorities, casts a gloomy verdict on the music industry’s ability to pass judgment. She also talks about an increasing disparity in an ever-growing sea of diversity: “The...
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