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B i o g r a p h y

Benjamin Goodman was born in Oxford, UK, and played both piano and violin since the age of five. After immigrating to Israel at the age of thirteen, he concentrated his study on the piano with Mrs Esther Narkis. During his three years of service in the IDF as an "Exceptional Musician", Goodman initiated a series of concerts for combat soldiers, and trainee officers, and the donation of pianos to two army bases. 

Goodman received a B.Mus and M.Mus in piano performance, both with distinction, from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, under the guidance of Prof Eitan Globerson. In 2017, he graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma, with honors, from Mannes College of Music, NYC, studying with Prof Pavlina Dokovska, and that same year he received the 2017 Steinway Award.

In 2020, he began his doctoral studies at the Royal College of Music in London. The title of his research is Cultural Fusion in the Piano Music of Composers who Immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union. During his research, he has been invited to present lectures at Durham University, Cambridge University, Nottingham University, and the Hebrew University.

Goodman has won many prizes in international competitions such as "the best performance of a classical sonata" at the Kerikeri International Piano Competition in New Zealand (2018); 1st prize and laureate winner at the World Teacher's Association International Piano Competition in Serbia (2018); the "Bärenreiter-Vertlag" prize for the orchestra's favourite pianist at the Stasys Vainiunas International Piano Competition (2018); 1st Prize at the Jerusalem Academy of Music's solo piano competition (2015), second prize in the chamber muisc competition (2015), and first prize in the piano concerto competition (2013); and 2nd prize at the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterlcasses Concerto Competition (2012).

Goodman performed with the St Christofer Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius (2018), Festival Hill Orchestra, Texas (2017), Symphonette Raanana (2013), the Jerusalem Academy Symphony Orchestra (2014), and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (2005). He has also performed solo recitals throughout Israel, as well as in the U.S., Germany, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Lithuania, and New Zealand. He was invited to give masterclasses, seminars, and concerts in Shanghai, China, in the summer of 2018, and again at a summer festival there in 2019. At the end of 2019, and the beginning of 2020, he gave a concert tour in Shanghai, Taiwan, and Singapore.

His studies have been generously supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and Mannes College of Music. Goodman has been annually awarded a Royal College of Music Studentship Scholarship for his doctoral studies.

Mr Goodman hus studied with renowned teachers throughout the world, and has attended summer festivals on full scholarships, including Aspen Summer Music Festival (2015), Chautauqua Summer Music Festival (2014), Siena Summer Music Festival (2013), and Avila Summer Music Festival (2012).

Goodman produced, presented, and performed in a unique concert for Israeli artists in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 2016, and in 2017 he performed his solo recital debut there.

In 2018, Mr. Goodman's debut CD was released by Navona Records - Piano Works by Sara Feigin.

Goodman served as the President and Artistic Director of the Israel chapter of the World Piano Teachers' Association (2018-2019). He lived for six months as an artist in residence at Kibbutz Samar, in Southern Israel, as a piano and music teacher, and during his stay there he worked as a piano teacher at the elementary school of Yotvata (2019). He also taught piano at the East Jerusalem branch of the Jerusalem Academy of Music's Conservatory "Ibdaa" (2019-2022).

Goodman is now an accompanist on the faculty of performing arts at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. During the previous season, he performed as an orchestral pianist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Goodman also works as an accompanist for masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Center. 

Goodman was awarded the title "Visiting Research Fellow" at the Hebrew University (2020-2024), and has been invited to present a recital there in Spring 2024.

Benjamin Goodman CV - 2023

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