Biography

Benjamin Sawrey is a classical pianist and teacher who has over a decade of performance experience as a soloist and accompanist in Classical, Jazz, and Musical Theater. He was trained in the Suzuki method by Jordan Stoneman, and has since participated in lessons and masterclasses with renowned instructors throughout the world. These include; Boris Berman, Seymour Lipkin, Matti Raekallio, Lily Dorman and Antonii Baryshevskyi. In May 2020, Benjamin graduated with a BMA in Piano Performance from Pacific Lutheran University under the instruction of Oksana Ezhokina.

 

As a soloist, Benjamin is best known for his expressive interpretation and gentle touch. He has been recognized in competitions both in U.S and Europe. In 2015 he won First prize at the Green River Piano Competition and advanced to the Washington State finals, where he received an honorable mention. That same year he received the "Outstanding Soloist" at the Heritage Festival in NYC for his solo on Dear Old Stockholm. Most recently, Benjamin was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Siegfried-Wieshaupt International Piano Competition in Ocshenhausen, Germany.

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Since 2012, Benjamin has accompanied for numerous groups and soloists in Washington State. He first began accompanying in high school, where he played for the Jazz Choir, Chorale, Concert Choir as well as the Jazz Band. In 2014, Benjamin was accepted into the Rising Star Project to be the pit orchestra keyboardist for a production of Carousel at the 5th Avenue Theatre; he then reprised his role a year later for their production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Benjamin returned to RSP for a third year in 2016, where he took on the role of Assistant Musical Director for The Pajama Game