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Benjamin Martin - piano

Identified by The Australian in 2000 as "the best young talent for the new millennium", pianist and composer Benjamin Martin has become known as an artist of exceptional versatility and subtlety of expression. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been described as "the consummate artist" (The Age), and as a composer, "distinctive... arresting in style" (New York Times).

Benjamin has received numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth Grant, first prize in the Hepzibah Menuhin Memorial Award, The Marten Bequest Scholarship and two scholarships to the Tanglewood Summer Festival (as a pianist in 1987 and composer in 1988), where he was first introduced to Leonard Bernstein.

He has performed throughout Australia and toured the United States, Europe and Asia, performing solo and duo-recitals with such artists as Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Dimitri Berlinsky, Janice Martin, Steven Davislim, Boris Baraz, Eiji Oue and the Utrecht Quartet.

Closer to home, Benjamin has been a guest artist for major festivals in Australia, and is the pianist for Firebird Trio. He features in three critically acclaimed recordings for Tacet Records Stuttgart with the great German violist, Hartmut Lindemann. He has recorded for Bis and Chandos and is a recording artist for Melba Recordings, which plans to release Benjamin's first solo CD - featuring English music from the 20th Century - by 2013. Benjamin also features in an interview in a film titled "Memories of John Browning".

Benjamin Martin has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

30 November 2013 - Brahms and Beethoven
24 November 2013 - Brahms and Beethoven

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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