The Georgia Southern Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Steven Elisha, will perform an all-Bach program on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Carol A. Carter Recital Hall (Foy Fine Arts Building). Featuring Georgia Southern University’s piano faculty Dr. Benjamin Warsaw performing J. S. Bach’s Clavier Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, the program also includes a transcription of Bach’s Organ Prelude in D Minor, BWV 589, Little Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 and the magnificent Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066 for oboes, bassoon and continuo, with Dr. Jonathan Murphy on harpsichord.
Warsaw is a classical pianist, composer, teacher and accompanist, and performs solo and ensemble concerts nationally and internationally. He performed original compositions for President Carter during a live broadcast at the Carter Center in Atlanta. As a student, Warsaw studied and performed solo music, chamber music and original compositions in summer festivals and masterclasses such as Wiener Masterclasses, Banff Center Piano Master Classes, Brandywine International Piano Festival, International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, and his original compositions have been featured on NPR.
Warsaw holds bachelor and master's degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Rebecca Penneys. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of the late Anthony di Bonaventura.
Warsaw resides in Savannah, where he an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus and is a prominent professional musician in the community. At Georgia Southern University, he teaches piano and other music-related courses and is founder and Artistic Director of the concert series, Piano in the Arts. Warsaw frequently performs, teaches and is a guest presenter in the Southeast region.
During the summers, Warsaw has been on faculty at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts, Chautauqua Institution, and has been on core faculty at Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival during the past five summers. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Teachers National Association, Savannah Music Teachers Association, and is an ASCAP composer.
He recently released his debut album, "Warsaw plays Warsaw," featuring a set of 24 preludes of original music for piano. He was honored to been selected as Georgia Music Teacher’s Association’s 2017 Composer of the Year.