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Benjamin Kopp (VIC) Piano

A finalist in the 2004 Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards, Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and has collaborated with conductors Vladimir Verbitsky, Brett Kelly, Marco Zuccarini and John Harding.

Currently based in Switzerland, he has performed at numerous international summer schools and festivals including the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove, Academie de Lausanne, Lenk Sommerakademie, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts and the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer School, where he was selected to perform as soloist at the Wiener Saal and Mirabell Palace.

He has been awarded scholarships by foundations such as the Australia Council, IMS Prussia Cove, Ian Potter Foundation, Sydney Conservatorium and the Lenk Sommerakademie. From 2004-2006 he was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Rita Reichmann. During this time he won the ANAM Concerto Competition and was selected for the Best Concertos of 2004 concert.

He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium with teacher Daniel Herscovitch. He has also studied with Jennifer Hammond, John Perry, Bruno Canino, Christoph Lieske, Mark Gasser, Margaret Hair and Adrian Oetiker, and performed in masterclasses for Gary Graffman, Piers Lane, Angela Hewitt and Michael Kieren Harvey, among others.

He has given recitals with Mats Lindstrom and Alexander Baillie and in 2005 his piano trio were finalists at the Australian Chamber Music Competition. His solo and chamber music performances are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS FM and 3MBS FM. His recent recordings on the Hush CD helped raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital. He also appears on an album of Australian piano works with Jennifer Hammond.