Pianist Benjamin Hockman, pianist
The New York Times wrote of conductor and pianist Benjamin Hochman “classical music doesn’t get better than this”. Winner of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, his eloquent and virtuosic performances blend colorful artistry with poetic interpretation to the delight of audiences and critics alike.
He has performed as piano soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Israel, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras under the baton of Noseda, Pinnock, Storgårds, Weilerstein, and Zukerman. His recitals and chamber music appearances include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, and the Louvre, and festivals such as Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne, Marlboro, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Spoleto, and Verbier.
Hochman’s debut album as conductor and concerto soloist was released on Avie Records in October 2019: Mozart Piano Concertos No. 17 and No. 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote about this recording: “The stylistic insight, elegance and sparkle of Mr. Hochman’s pianism are beautifully matched by the playing of the orchestra.” Hochman’s previous recording for Avie, “Variations”, was selected by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Classical Recordings of 2015.
A graduate of The Juilliard School’s prestigious conducting program where he studied with Alan Gilbert and was the recipient of the Bruno Walter Scholarship and Charles Schiff Award, recent and forthcoming conducting engagements include Santa Fe Pro Musica, Orlando Philharmonic, and The Orchestra Now. He participated in the 2018 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar and served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival. At the recommendation of the Solti Foundation US, he served as cover conductor to Rafael Payare and Bramwell Tovey at San Diego Symphony in the 2019-20 season.
Born in Jerusalem, Mr. Hochman began his studies with Esther Narkiss and Emanuel Krasovsky. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank and Richard Goode. He is a Steinway Artist and serves on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music. His website is www.benjaminhochman.com.
J Henry Fair, visual artist
J Henry Fair is an American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he currently lives and works in New York City.
With his photos, Fair has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world. Fair has had touring photography exhibits in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, he travels around the world, giving environmental symposia to teach audiences about consumer responsibility and environmental awareness. Fair’s work has been published in The New York Times and magazines National Geographic, Vanity Fair, TIME, and New York and featured on European Television networks like Arte, and TTT, and American programs like Today and Marketplace, television and radio, respectively.
Fair’s second book, “Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption” published by Papadakis, brings our attentions to the tragic effects created by human impact on our planet. At first, his photographs are mesmerizingly beautiful: taken at bird’s eye perspective from a small plane, their shapes, colors and details give them an aesthetic quality that entrance and capture the imagination, yet concern and horror creep in on the realization of the true reality of the subject.
For The Stissing Center
Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou, curator
A native of Shanghai, Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou is a concert pianist, music educator and curator for the “Live! From The Stissing Center!” Summer Virtual Concert Series of 2020.
As a classical pianist, Sophia has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in the USA, Europe and China. She is the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, engaged for 5 solo recitals across Spain. During the past years, her recital partners include members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera House, to name a few.
Ms. Zhou holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music in New York City; Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (German Literature) from Oberlin College. She continued her piano studies with Jan Jiracek von Arnim in University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as well as musicology with Dr. Morten Solvic, Mahler scholar. From 2018 to 2020, Ms. Zhou was a member of the Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship Program in Bard College Conservatory, working with graduate singers under the tutelage of vocalists Dawn Upshaw and Stephanie Blythe.
In 2020, Ms. Zhou was named Curator and Music Director for LIVE! from The Stissing Center. She is committed to bringing in artists of unique vision and presenting concerts that enrich the lives of the local, as well as the global artistic community.
Ryan McCullough, audio engineer
Windowpane Audio, founded in 2015 by pianist and composer Ryan McCullough, is a Kingston-based audio engineering firm specializing in Classical music and field/location recording, mixing and mastering, and audio equipment modifications for discerning ears.
WPA has recorded for Albany and PARMA labels, and will be making inaugural releases in 2020 through its own in-house label, “False Azure,” featuring piano music by American composer Dante De Silva.
McCullough trained as a pianist at the Colburn Conservatory and Glenn Gould School with renowned pedagogue John Perry, and holds additional degrees in music from Humboldt State University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University.
Mr. McCullough most recently appeared with his wife, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, LIVE! from The Stissing Center! concert, Out of Silence.
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