LIVE! from The Stissing Center! 2021

The Stissing Center is thrilled to announce the second season of LIVE! from The Stissing Center!, their chamber music series. The initial performance will be on Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm, and will mark the first live audience concert in the Center since the COVID lockdown.

“Needless to say, this is a huge and exciting milestone for us,” said Executive Director, Brian Keeler. “Re-opening our doors has been a long time coming, and it’s the first step toward offering a wonderful slate of events in the Fall.”

“I am thrilled to be back working with The Stissing Center for the second year in a row,” said TSC’s Director of Chamber Music and curator of the series, Sophia Zhou. “Last year we had amazing talent appear in our virtual LIVE! series, and now everyone will get a chance to experience those talents in person.”

2021 Concert Season

Friday, August 13th ~ 5:30 pm

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Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 ~ Beethoven

Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 ~ Beethoven

Three Preludes from Book 1 ~ Debussy

Fantasies Op. 116~ Brahms


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Benjamin Hochman is a musician of exceptional versatility who regularly appears in multiple guises as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In recent years he has ventured into the orchestral repertoire as a conductor. His wide range of partners and projects is matched by his curiosity, focus, and ability to communicate deeply with audiences. 

Since his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman, Hochman has enjoyed an international performing career, appearing as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras under conductors including Gianandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, John Storgårds, and Joshua Weilerstein. 

A winner of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, he performs at venues including Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Louvre in Paris, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Festival highlights include IMS Prussia Cove, Israel Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Lucerne, Santa Fe, Spoleto, and Verbier. 

Hochman’s recent and upcoming projects reflect the breadth of his musical activities, his imaginative approach to programming, and his ongoing relationships with several orchestras and festivals. He performed four Beethoven Piano Sonatas for Daniel Barenboim at the Pierre Boulez Saal as part of a filmed workshop. He will perform “Canonic Codes”, a piano recital juxtaposing musical canons by Bach, George Benjamin, and Christopher Trapani (a premiere) for an online edition of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. The Trapani and Benjamin will be featured alongside Rebecca Saunders Shadow in a recital for Tzlil Meudcan, a new-music festival in Tel Aviv. He returns to Santa Fe Pro Musica to open their 2021-22 season, conducting Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and playing Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos with Anne-Marie McDermott. He rejoins the Orlando Philharmonic and Eric Jacobsen to perform one of his favorite concertos, the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. 

Chamber music collaborations in 2021 include Berlin performances with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Viviane Hagner, and Amihai Grosz. Upcoming chamber music concerts in the US include a recital with Susie Park for The Schubert Club in Minnesota, with principal players from several major American orchestras at Strings Music Festival in Colorado, at Music Mountain in Connecticut, and at the Stissing Center in New York. He will perform with Rosanne Philippens, Tomoko Akasaka, and Zvi Plesser at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He will record the two Brahms Sonatas for Viola and Piano alongside works by 

Robert and Clara Schumann with violist Dov Scheindlin of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for Aparté Records in Paris. 

Hochman began conducting in 2015 as a result of his longstanding admiration for the orchestral repertoire and his collaborative approach to musicmaking. A graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program, where he received the Bruno Walter Scholarship and the Charles Schiff Award, Hochman trained under Alan Gilbert from 2016-2018. He served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée, Paavo Järvi, and Thierry Fischer at the Mostly Mozart festival in 2016. In 2018 he participated in the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, where he worked with Stefan Asbury, and he has also participated in masterclasses with Fabio Luisi and David Zinman. In recent years he has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, The Orchestra Now at Bard Music Festival, the Florida Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra. 

Hochman’s discography reflects his wide-ranging musical interests. In 2019, he recorded Mozart Piano Concertos No. 17 and No. 24, playing and directing the English Chamber Orchestra. It was released on Avie Records and received critical acclaim from Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, among others. Hochman’s first two recordings for Avie Records were Homage to Schubert (works by Schubert, Kurtág, and Widmann) and Variations (works by Knussen, Berio, Lieberson, Benjamin, and Brahms). Variations was selected by The New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2015 and was also praised by The New Yorker. 

Chamber music has been a vital part of Hochman’s life, from his early life in Israel and his formative years at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music to regular appearances at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and as a member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His chamber music partners have included the Casals, Jerusalem, and Tokyo quartets, Lisa Batishvili, Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, Miklós Perényi, and David Soyer. 

Hochman is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, among them the Partosh Prize awarded by the Israeli Minister of Culture, the Outstanding Pianist citation at the Verbier Academy, and the Festorazzi Award from the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Born in Jerusalem in 1980, Hochman began his piano studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and continued with private studies with Emanuel Krasovsky in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied from 1997-2001 with Claude Frank, and the Mannes College of Music, where he studied from 2001-2003 with Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He serves on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music and is currently a Research Associate at Bard College Berlin. He is a Steinway Artist and his website is 

Sunday, June 27th ~ 4:00 pm

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Miasma ~ (East Coast Premiere) Nokuthula Ngwenyama (1976 – )

Sonata No. 4 for Solo Violin “Fritz Kreisler” ~ Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)

Partita in D minor, No. 2 ~ J. S. Bach (1685-1750)


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Bulgarian violinist, Bella Hristova, will kick off the series with a solo violin concert on June 27th. Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post wrote Bella is “a player of impressive power and control.”

Bella’s appearances with orchestras in recent seasons include the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Pinchas Zukerman at Lincoln Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua, Columbus, Hawaii, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Winnipeg symphonies as well as orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. In recital, Ms. Hristova has performed at some of the premier venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kennedy Center. In 2017 she toured New Zealand, performing and recording Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program.

Ms. Hristova’s recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) features works for solo violin by John Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach, and her Naxos release of de Bériot solo works received impressive critical recognition. A passionate proponent of new music and composers, Ms. Hristova commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower, to write “Second String Force” for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed throughout the US. Her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig was commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the United States to write a violin concerto for her, which she continues to actively perform.

She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010.

Ms. Hristova lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their beloved cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

Special Thanks

The Stissing Center would like to acknowledge the generous support of our
LIVE! from The Stissing Center! 2021 Patrons
Bindy and Stephen Kaye
Irene and Jack Banning
Daniel Brown
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Susan and Chip Fisher
Tracy and James Florack
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Lois Mander
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
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Sarah and David Stack
Anna and Peter Tcherepnine
Barbara Tober
Felicitas Thorne
Helen Warwick

Hester and Charles Weeden

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