Benjamin Pesetsky is an American composer of dramatic instrumental and vocal music. NOW Magazine called his opera scene Love Redux “one of the best episodes” on a program of new works staged by Tapestry Opera in Toronto and his music has also been performed by ensembles including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Winds.
Recently his Piano Sonata was commissioned by Thomas Hecht and premiered on recital programs in Europe, Asia, and the United States. In 2014 the Phonochrome Collective premiered An Illusory Image, a trio for viola, cello, and piano, at the San Francisco Center for New Music.
He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre and the Hambidge Center and attended the Deer Valley Festival and the Vancouver International Song Institute. He has collaborated with WordSong, a presenter of new artsong in a conversational format, and was a featured composer at the Rivers School Conservatory’s Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.
Other recent commissions and premieres have included Shakespeare Concerts at Jordan Hall in Boston and MUSA’s Art Inspiring Art project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Pesetsky studied with Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, and Howard Frazin and holds degrees in composition and philosophy from Bard College Conservatory and Bard College. In addition to composing, he has written for publications including Classical Voice North America, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Boston.com, and Early Music America. He has also written program notes for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bard Music West, and Tippet Rise Art Center.