Pianist Benjamin Laude has appeared across the country, from Miami to Santa Fe, San Diego to New York City, including recent performances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times described his solo performance of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase as “an amazing, absorbing feat,” and praised his playing of Shostakovich and Stravinsky as “superb in pace, tone, and eloquence.” Winner of the national Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition, he received top prizes at the Kingsville International Piano Competition and the Shepherd School of Music Concerto Competition.
Mr. Laude holds Master and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. His principal teachers were Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Robert Roux, and Eric Hicks. He is currently the assistant to classical music popularizer and radio host David Dubal. An accomplished writer, Mr. Laude in 2012 founded The Yard, the first independent, student-run publication of its kind at Juilliard. His writings on music and society have since been published in International Piano magazine, Jacobin magazine, and Yuga Cohler’s State of Art blog.