Biography

Australian born pianist Benjamin Kopp has performed as a soloist for audiences in his home country and across Europe.

In Australia, Benjamin has performed with many major orchestras including a 2017 performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto no.2 and a 2016 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1 with Sydney’s 'The Metropolitan Orchestra'.

In 2009, Benjamin co-founded the Streeton Trio, an all-Australian piano trio. As part of this trio, he has released four CDs (Mendelssohn Complete Piano Trios, Brahms/Ravel, Haydn/ Beethoven/Smalley, Kats-Chernin) which received favorable reviews in Limelight Magazine. The trio also received positive reviews in The Strad magazine. In 2014 the trio performed in Wigmore Hall in London. The trio was trained for three years as the only Australian trio to be selected for the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy.

Benjamin’s European solo appearances included three performances of William Blank’s ‘Cris’ (piano concerto number 1), with Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble. The first of the three concerts was broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande.  Benjamin was invited to perform with the prestigious Orchestra of the Geneva Conservatoire on several occasions where he performed Kurtag’s ‘quasi una fantasia...’, Messiaen’s ‘Les Oiseaux Exotiques’ and the first performance of the piano concerto by composer Miguel Farias.

Benjamin has won a number of competitions, including the 2016 Academy concerto competition. As the winner, he was invited to play Prokofiev’s piano concerto number 2 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Brett Kelly), and subsequently performed this concerto with WASO (Vladamir Verbitsky). Benjamin also competed as part of the keyboard section of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards in 2007. As the winner of this competition, he had the honour of performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto number 2 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Nicholas Braithwaite) and WASO (James Judd).