Benjamin Krasner, Benjamin Krasner, a 16-year-old concert pianist, was born into a family of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in Malibu, California. After completing 2 years of his Bachelor degree at Pierce College and 8 years of piano studies under Professor Lubov Sorochkina, Benjamin has graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with double major in Piano Performance and Economics. He completed his Piano Performance degree under the tutelage of Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. Currently, In 2016, Benjamin is attending the Yale School of Music at Yale University for a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang.
Benjamin 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. His first musical composition “Wow!” received 1st place at the National PTA reflection competition. When he was 7, Benjamin was invited to Moscow by Vladimir Spivakov to perform at the “Moscow meets Friends” International Music Festival. Later, Benjamin performed at the Telluride International Jazz Festival. He became the youngest laureate in the International Young Musicians Competition “Passion of Music 2008” in Lincoln Center, NY. Oprah’s Search for the World’s Smartest and Most Talented Children selected Benjamin as one of the finalists in 2009. In September 2011, Benjamin became a recipient of the award for Classical Music at the Malibu Music Awards. In 2012, Benjamin became a citizen of the year and received a 2012 Dolphin Award, sponsored by Malibu Times. On June 8, 2014, Benjamin gave a debut performance with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, after winning 1st place and a $1,000 award from the L.A. Philharmonic. Benjamin has given numerous solo concerts for charity and fundraising events to help raise money for non-profit organizations such as the Eye Defects Research Foundation, Malibu Woman’s Club, Japan Relief Fund, and the Jewish University of L.A
During his free time, Benjamin enjoys sports and hobbies such as surfing, swimming, soccer, skiing, and rollerblading.