|Johann Sebastian Bach||Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910||1712|
|Johannes Brahms||Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24||1861|
|Enrique Granados||“Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor” from Goyescas||1911|
|Maurice Ravel||Jeux d’eau, M 30||1901|
|Maurice Ravel||Miroirs, M 43||1905|
About the Artist
Pianist Benjamin Krasner was born into a family of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in California. After 8 years of piano studies under retired Moscow Conservatory Professor Lubov Sorochkina, he began his college education at 12 years old and graduated at 16 with his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with a double major in Economics from California State University, Northridge under the tutelage of Dmitry Rachmanov. In Spring of 2018, Benjamin graduated with a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang. He recently earned a postgraduate Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Biss and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
Benjamin has won numerous regional, state, national, and international music competitions and awards including the Antena 2 Prize at SIPO International Piano Festival in Obidos, Portugal (2016), Los Angeles International Liszt Competition 2014, the Liana Cohen Foundation Music Festival, Southern California Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and Helen Brown Music Competition. He has also given numerous solo concerts for charity and fundraising events to help raise money for non-profit organizations such as the Eye Defects Research Foundation, Malibu Woman’s Club, Japan Relief Fund, and the Jewish University of L.A. Benjamin participates in several international music festivals each summer spanning continents and various countries.