Coordinator of Keyboard Studies/Music Theory Lecturer
Described as a pianist with “an impressive blend of musicality and technical panache,” (Fanfare), American pianist Benjamin Boren enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, collaborator, and pedagogue.
In August 2011, Boren joined the music faculty at California State University Stanislaus as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, where he teaches applied piano lessons, academic piano classes, group piano, upper-division theory courses, is director of the Ghiglieri Piano Competition, and serves on the faculty for Summer Music at Stanislaus. In addition to his university duties, Boren maintains a small private studio and is active as a competition adjudicator for various events in California.
Enharmonic Records released his debut CD, Benjamin Boren Plays Carl Vine, in 2012 to critical acclaim, including a rave review from Mr. Vine himself; the disc was also selected by Fanfare’s Phillip Scott as one of his Top 5 of 2012. Boren’s collaborative work can be heard on two Enharmonic Records releases - with world-renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse in Written for Kenneth, and with violinist Rachel Patrick in Presenting Rachel Patrick. He can also be heard on Titanic Records, playing with flutist Alexander Viazotsev in From My Homeland.
Originally from Noblesville, Indiana, Boren began taking lessons at age six, first performed with orchestra at age eleven, and gave his first solo recital at age twelve. As a youth, his competition prowess led to performances with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis, IN), and for the “Suzuki and Friends” Chamber Series.
Boren holds a DM and MM in Piano from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor of Piano for six years and was twice a winner of the IU Travel Grant Competition; he also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded first prize at the undergraduate scholarship competitions three consecutive years. His principal teachers have included Andre Watts, Evelyne Brancart, and William Black; as a fellow of the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Summer Music Festival, he had opportunity to study with Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin.
For more information, please visit Dr. Boren’s personal website at www.benjaminboren.net.