Pianist & Performer

Benjamin Pawlak is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied under Jonathan Feldman and Lydia Brown. A 2019 graduate of Texas Christian University, he received a masters of music in piano performance there while studying with John Owings, and holds bachelor of music in piano performance from Ithaca College where he studied with Vadim Serebryany, Jennifer Hayghe, and the late Greg DeTurck.  

At Juilliard, he performed as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra and AXIOM, and appeared in ChamberFest during the winter term of 2020 and in the spring of 2022. During his time in New York City, Benjamin has also performed at venues such as David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center, and Carnegie Hall. Other appearances include performances in Juilliard's Sonatenabend and Liederabend series. Since graduating, Benjamin has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He was also a featured musician in the Nashville Chamber Music Society's summer 2022 concert series, and will be returning to play with them in 2023. 

In the summer of 2021, Benjamin attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. There he was a collaborative piano fellow studying under Jonathan Feldman, Margaret McDonald, and Natasha Kislenko. At the 2018 Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy, he attended as a solo and chamber musician while studying with Catherine Lysinger, Read Gainsford, and Jennifer Hayghe. 

Benjamin has professionally toured with violinist Maria Beltavski, giving several concerts in the summer of 2017 and 2018, and they have performed together again as recently as April 2021. He has also attended Brevard Music Center's piano program in 2017, studying with Norman Krieger and Michael Chertock, and Credo Chamber Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 2009-2015. 

While at Ithaca College, Benjamin was twice selected as one of the winners of the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, which resulted in him making his solo debut playing Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto and Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G Major. Benjamin has since made his professional concerto debut, playing the Liszt Concerto in E-flat with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in September 2016. He will be returning to perform with the OSFL in May 2023 with Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto. 

Benjamin, a native of Big Flats, New York, lives in Manhattan where he works as a pianist and composer.

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