The young pianist, born in 1981 in Munich, hails from a family of musicians. He commenced his studies as a teenager at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich with Professor Michael Schäfer, before continuing with Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Benjamin Moser came to international attention in June 2007 as a prizewinner in the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, in which he received the prize for the best interpretation of Tchaikovsky, as well as the audience prize. In January of that year he also won first prize in the International Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, as well as eight additional special prizes and recitals in, among other venues, Paris (Gulbenkian Centre), Washington (Kennedy Centre) and New York (Carnegie Zankel Recital Hall).Since then, Benjamin has performed regularly, both in solo recital, and as soloist with orchestra. He performed Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He played Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie under Andris Nelsons. In addition, he has played concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninov and recitals with works by Bach through to contemporary composers throughout the US and in Argentina, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. As guest performer, Benjamin Moser has been invited to many important festivals, including the Bodensee Festival, the Alpenklassik Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr and to the YCA chamber music festival in Tokyo and Beijing.
In 2009 Benjamin made his debut recording with a CD of Russian piano music with Munich-based label OehmsClassics, to critical acclaim. His second CD with French piano music by Debussy and Ravel was released in 2012, again through OehmsClassics and received excellent reviews. His third album with the final sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert was released in spring 2015 under the AvI Classics label and received rave reviews (among them the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato magazine).
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