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Benjamin Hopkins

Benjamin Hopkins

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Since winning first prize in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won acclaim for performances across North America and Europe. In 2008, he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after decisively winning all four categories of the RPO League’s Young Artist Auditions. 2013 brought his New York City debut at Liederkranz Hall and performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestras in Spain and California. Most recently, he won first prize in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition, third prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, and toured New York performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. In 2016, he was named the Outstanding Master of Music Graduate from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and was also honored for his contributions to the school as a teaching assistant. Hopkins is continuing his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Corey Hamm and appeared with the UBC Symphony this fall as the winner of the University’s concerto competition. He is mentored by the renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. His past teachers are Lucinda Carver, Henry Gronnier, Brian Preston, and Norman Krieger.

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