Thu Mar 21
Tunes at Noon
Benjamin Hopkins, piano
Chopin Ballade No. 4
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante
Waltz, Op. 42
Sonata No. 3
12:00 noon, The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Blvd, UBC
Tunes at Noon features performances in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre by UBC School of Music students, alumni, and more. Bring your lunch, listen, and enjoy.
Presented in collaboration with UBC Welcome Centre, UBC School of Music, Alumni UBC and UBC Arts and Culture District.
American pianist Benjamin Hopkins has quickly established himself as one of Vancouver’s most sought-after soloists and collaborators. He has performed concertos with the UBC Symphony Orchestra in each of its past three seasons, as an invited guest and also as winner of both the UBC Concerto Competition and the inaugural Silverman Piano Competition. In recent years he has played recitals and concerti in Spain, Los Angeles, and New York City, including a debut recital at the Festival de Luis Vega last summer in Asturias.
Since sweeping all categories of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s young artist auditions at the age of 18, he has won first prize the Susan Torres Award, the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition. He is also a top prize winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions and has recently been selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, held in New York at the end of March.
Hopkins is pursuing a doctorate with Corey Hamm at the University of British Columbia and is mentored by renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He previously studied at the University of Southern California with Lucinda Carver, where he was named outstanding graduate of both the Bachelor and Master of Music programs. He has played in masterclasses for many distinguished artist teachers, including Julian Martin, Hung-Kuan Chen, Stephen Hough, Anton Nel, Menahem Pressler, Ilana Vered and Paul Lewis. His past teachers are Brian Preston, Norman Krieger, and Henry Gronnier.