Mr. Morgenstern's discography includes works by Beethoven, Fauré, Copland, Ravel, Kodaly, Sessions and the award-winning American composer George Tsontakis. His latest recording, 20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello, was the No. 1 classical CD for over a month on eMusic, the largest online store for independent music in the world, and was one of the top ten best selling classical music albums on Amazon.com. Of the CD The New York Times raved, "the music is terrific and the performances compelling on this surprisingly exciting and excellently engineered recording." Mr. Morgenstern records for the MMC, Engine Company and Koch International Classics labels, and can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and classical music radio stations across the country.
Highlights of Mr. Morgenstern's recent seasons include interdisciplinary performances with the Julliard Dance Company at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Ballet; the premieres of staged versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh, Venus and Adonis with Claire Bloom and John Neville, and Samuel Beckett at 100 at New York City's 92nd Street Y and at Harvard University. Mr. Morgenstern's performance in the Nine Circles Chamber Theatre production of When Samson Met Delilah toured Holland to rave reviews and his recent appearance in Toronto was broadcast throughout Canada on CBC. He also appeared as violin soloist in U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's translation of Dante's Inferno, which toured the country and was broadcast on PBS and NPR, for which it received a Peabody nomination. Mr. Morgenstern continues to tour the United States and Europe, and his highly acclaimed Reflections Series will be presented in new venues in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice in the 2012-2013 season. Mr. Morgenstern lives in New York City. For more information, visit www.gilmorgenstern.com.
About Benjamin Hochman: Winner of 2011's prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has been described by the New York Times as a "gifted, fast-rising artist." His eloquent and virtuosic performances have earned him critical acclaim and his rare combination of bravura and poetry has excited audiences and critics alike. His engagements have brought him to major cities as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator with celebrated conductors and colleagues. A passionate interpreter of diverse composers from Bach and Mozart to Berg and Kurtag with a penchant for juxtaposing familiar works with the unfamiliar, Mr. Hochman has proven to be adept in expressing the essential heart of each composer.
A strong musical presence in New York City, Mr. Hochman has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Israel Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, the American Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra as well as numerous guest engagements at 92nd Street Y. His Bach series at the Miller Theater was a resounding critical and audience success. He has appeared with the orchestras of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, Vancouver and National Arts Centre and engaged in multiple projects with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies. He has worked with eminent conductors including Akiyama, Kabaretti, Laredo, Markl, Pinnock, Robertson, Tovey, Weilerstein, and Zukerman. An avid chamber musician, he has been a regular guest at international music festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Gilmore, Lucerne, Prussia Cover, and Klavierfestival Ruhr. He has participated in three prestigious residencies: Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, Isaac Stern's International chamber Music Encounters in Israel, and Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops.
For more information, visit www.benjaminhochman.com.