Subject Area: Piano
Canadian pianist Benjamin Bertin draws inspiration from artist-ambassadors Leonard Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma in his endeavors to share timeless music with diverse audiences. As a pianist, Bertin has been deeply influenced by the artistry of Grigory Sokolov, Glen Gould, and Emil Gilels, whose characteristic sincerity, intimacy, and individuality continue to serve as ideals in his playing.
Throughout his studies Bertin’s interest has gravitated toward Russian music, with works of Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Prokofiev, and Scriabin featuring prominently in his repertoire. Benjamin’s passion for Russian piano music is evidenced by numerous awards: including second prize for Scriabin’s 8th Sonata at the FSU Russian Romantics competitive festival, and top prizes for performances of Medtner and Prokofiev Sonatas at the Brandon Festival of the Arts (MB).
Recent projects have included performances of John Cage’s Sonata XII for prepared piano and new works by composer Stephanie Pieczynski and coachings on interpreting Bach and Couperin with harpsichordists Peter Watchorn and Shalev Ad-El. A committed chamber musician and duo partner, Bertin has won praise for his sensitive collaborations. Currently he is preparing works by Crumb, Pärt, Debussy, and Franck for upcoming performances with violinist Casey Mink.
Benjamin has performed numerous lecture recitals, special concerts for children and the elderly, and in 2010 appeared as guest artist and masterclass clinician at Southwestern College (KS). As a teacher, Bertin has had the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals and groups from beginning to collegiate levels. He currently serves on the piano faculty of Clayton State University Music Preparatory School in Atlanta.
Benjamin Bertin completed undergraduate studies with Alexander Tselyakov at Brandon University (MB). He received a Masters at Bowling Green State University with Thomas Rosenkranz and pursued further graduate study at Florida State University with Joel Hastings. Bertin currently studies with Alexander Kobrin.