Benjamin Gamze is a native of Northbrook, Illinois, where he attended Glenbrook North High School. When he was a senior in 2016, he won the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 as soloist with the orchestra. For the past six years, Mr. Gamze studied classical piano performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Benjamin received his Bachelor of Music in 2020 and his Master of Music graduate performance degree this May of 2022 from Indiana University. His major piano teachers included Susan Chou and the renowned Belgian virtuoso, Evelyne Brancart. At the piano, one of his favorite composer’s is Franz Liszt.
Benjamin’s virtual teaching experiences accelerated in the face of the pandemic. As COVID-19 quarantine regulations ebb and flow, Mr. Gamze finds adaptability in his mode of instruction, teaching both in-person and online. He recently coordinated a recital in which eleven of his students from across the country met virtually with their families, performing various compositions. Although he continues virtual instruction, Benjamin is eager to meet new families in person. Other passions include cooking, running outside, and spending time with his family.
“I enjoy teaching both children and adults who come to me with varying levels of background, including no prior musical instruction or background. I find myself teaching everyone differently, since each student is an individual with their own unique strengths and challenges. I am excited to meet new folks and create new musical relationships in the Chicagoland area.”
“If I had to name one musician who inspired me the most, it would hands down be Martha Argerich.”