On September 9, 2017, fifteen people gathered at a private residence in southern Rhode Island to meet 17-year-old pianist Benjamin Krasner and listen to a program of music by Bach, Brahms, Granados, and Ravel.
|J.S. Bach||Toccata in F# minor, BWV 910||1712|
|Johannes Brahms||Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel||1861|
|Enrique Granados||“Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor” from Goyescas||1911|
|Maurice Ravel||Jeux d’eau||1901|
|Maurice Ravel||Miroirs - 2. Oiseaux tristes||1904-1905|
|Maurice Ravel||Miroirs - 3. Une barque sur l’océan|
|Maurice Ravel||Miroirs - 4. Alborada del gracioso|
|Franz Liszt||Liebeslied (based on “Widmung” by Robert Schumann)||1848|
About the Artist
Benjamin Krasner was born into a family of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in Malibu, California. After completing 2 years of his Bachelor degree at Pierce College and 8 years of piano studies under Professor Lubov Sorochkina, he graduated from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with a double major in Piano Performance and Economics. He completed his Piano Performance degree under the tutelage of Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. Mr. Krasner was admitted to the graduate program at the Yale University School of Music in 2016 and is working towards a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang.
Benjamin Krasner has won numerous regional, state, and international music competitions and awards including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition 2014, the Liana Cohen Foundation Music Festival, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and Helen Brown Music Competition.