Coordinator of Keyboard Studies/Music Theory Lecturer
Pianist Benjamin Boren joined the music faculty of California State University Stanislaus in the fall of 2011 as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Lecturer in Music Theory. As a soloist and collaborative artist, Boren regularly performs in concerts throughout the United States. He has a broad and extensive repertoire, with a particular fondness for contemporary music.
Boren’s solo debut album, Benjamin Boren plays Carl Vine, was recently released on Enharmonic Records, containing the complete piano sonatas and Anne Landa Preludes of the contemporary Australian composer Carl Vine. He can also be heard on Enharmonic Records as the pianist for Presenting Rachel Patrick, and on Titanic Records with flutist Alexander Viazovtsev in From My Homeland. Additional recording credits include Sighs and Sorrows: Violin Sonata #2 on Chamber Music, Vol. 2 by David Deboor Canfield, with upcoming projects to record Canfield’s complete works for saxophone.
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.
As a competitor in national and international competitions, Boren has garnered prizes from the Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition, the Kingsville Young Performer’s Competition, the Isabel Scionti Piano Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Fort Collins Symphony Young Artists Competition.
Boren is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded first prize at the undergraduate scholarship competitions three consecutive years, and of 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. His principal teachers have included Andre Watts, Evelyne Brancart, and William Black. As a fellow of the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Music Festival, he had opportunity to study with Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, Gilbert Kalish, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and Robert Levin.