Please join us for an evening of music with pianist Benjamin Randall at Schmitt Music Denver on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00PM.
Benjamin will present his program A Flower Between Two Chasms: Ravel, Chopin & Prokofiev. The program features Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27, No. 2, and Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata, as well as brief lectures on both Ravel and Prokofiev. The program’s theme is derived from a Liszt quote on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, where he said the middle movement is “a flower between two chasms.”
Watch Benjamin Randall perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, op. 23 in G Minor below:
Benjamin Randall has played piano since he was six years old. In high school, Randall studied with Dr. Joan Sawyer and has received additional training from Dr. Zahari Metchkov. He is currently studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, an Associate Professor of Piano at CU-Boulder’s College of Music. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus.
Praised for his beautiful tone, Randall received the highest score in his division for his audition and was subsequently selected as a roster member of the prestigious Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado (YMF).
Locally recognized as one of Colorado’s up-and-coming young artists, he has given numerous solo recitals across the state including performances for the Rocky Mountain Music Alliance, Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado, and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Conference.
An avid competitor, Randall has won many first place music awards, including the Colorado MTNA Senior Piano Competition, the Schmitt Music Steinway Concerto Competition, PPMTA-CSYSA Piano Concerto Competition, the CSMTA Rising Stars Lower and Upper Senior Piano Competitions, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Young Artist Competition, and the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival Young Artist Competition.
Prior to the pandemic, he celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven by performing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with a number of Colorado orchestras. Most notably was his solo debut with the Colorado Symphony on December 16, 2020 – the 249th anniversary of Beethoven’s baptism. He has also worked with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.
Randall is a third generation native of Southern Colorado. He was homeschooled through high school when he also attended The Classical Academy – College Pathways and Pikes Peak Community College. While continuing his piano performance career, Randall is studying actuarial mathematics at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS). When he is not studying or practicing, he enjoys playing volleyball and mountain biking.