Benjamin Bertin

Benjamin Bertin, piano

Benjamin Bertin is a Canadian pianist, chamber musician and teacher residing in Montréal. He completed a doctorate in music performance at the Université de Montréal under the mentorship of Paul Stewart, and an Artist Diploma from Columbus State University (Georgia) where he studied with Alexander Kobrin. Bertin’s affinity for Russian music, culture, and pianism is frequently highlighted in his concert programs and featured in projects that have included artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Orford Musique, a Distinguished Montague Artist residency at Heidelberg University (Ohio), and an extensive concert tour of Western Canada in 2019. His French Canadian and Ukrainian Mennonite origins influenced this artistic trajectory and motivated his relocation to Montréal. Bertin’s specialization in the music of Nikolai Medtner has resulted in a number of prizes and scholarships along with numerous concerts and lecture recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Portugal. After successfully defending his doctoral thesis on Medtner’s Op. 25 sonatas, Bertin contributed his original research to a book of scholarship entitled Medtner: Music, Aesthetics, and Contexts, published in 2021 by Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, Germany. He has appeared in masterclasses with Byron Janis, Christopher Elton and Artur Pizarro, among others. A committed chamber musician and duo partner, Bertin has collaborated with members of the Boston Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Bang on a Can All-Stars in projects reaching across five centuries, covering music from Boulez, Crumb and Reich to Monteverdi.

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