On September 9, 2017, fifteen people gathered at a private residence in southern Rhode Island to meet 17-year-old pianist Benjamin Krasner and listen to a program of music by Bach, Brahms, Granados, and Ravel.


Composer Work Year
Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910 1712
Johannes Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel 1861
Enrique Granados “Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor” from Goyescas 1911
Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau 1901
Maurice Ravel Miroirs, Movements 2-3-4 1905

About the Artist

Benjamin Krasner was born into a family of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in Malibu, California. He has won numerous regional, state, and international music competitions and awards including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition 2014, the Liana Cohen Foundation Music Festival, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and Helen Brown Music Competition.

After completing 2 years of his Bachelor degree at Pierce College and 8 years of piano studies under Professor Lubov Sorochkina, he graduated from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with a double major in Piano Performance and Economics. He completed his Piano Performance degree under the tutelage of Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. In 2018, Mr. Krasner received the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature from Yale University School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang.