Magazine), American pianist Benjamin Boren has delighted audiences throughout North
America as both a soloist and collaborative artist. He has a broad and extensive repertoire, with
a particular fondness for contemporary music. His debut CD, Benjamin Boren Plays Carl Vine,
was released in fall 2011 by Enharmonic Records to critical acclaim, including a rave review
from Mr. Vine himself.
Originally from Noblesville, Indiana, Boren began taking lessons at age six, first performed with
orchestra at age eleven, and gave his first solo recital at age twelve. As a youth, his competition
prowess led to performances with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony
Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis, IN), and for the “Suzuki and Friends”
Boren holds a DM and MM in Piano from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate
Instructor of Piano for six years and was twice a winner of the IU Travel Grant Competition; he
also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BM in Piano Performance from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded first prize at the
undergraduate scholarship competitions three consecutive years. His principal teachers have
included Andre Watts, Evelyne Brancart, and William Black. As a fellow of the Music
Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Music Festival, he
had opportunity to study with Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, Gilbert Kalish, Joseph
Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and Robert Levin.
Kingsville Young Performer’s Competition, the Isabel Scionti Piano Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Fort Collins Symphony Young Artists Competition.
In August of 2011, Boren joined the music faculty at California State University Stanislaus as Lecturer of Music, Coordinator of Keyboard
Studies. He teaches applied piano lessons, academic piano classes, group piano, upper-division theory courses, is director of the Ghiglieri Piano
Competition, and serves on the faculty for Summer Music at Stanislaus.
In addition to his solo CD, Boren’s collaborative work can be heard on two Enharmonic Records releases - with world-renowned saxophonist
Kenneth Tse in Written for Kenneth, and with violinist Rachel Patrick in Presenting Rachel Patrick. He can also be heard on Titanic Records,
playing with flutist Alexander Viazotsev in From My Homeland.