Fervently sought after as a soloist, recitalist, improviser, and arranger, Pianist KRISTHYAN BENITEZ is part of the new generation of Venezuelan musicians earning international attention. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder and director of “El Sistema”, describes Kristhyan as “one of the most important and brilliant leaders of the musical movement in Venezuela and the whole Continent.” Pianist and mentor, Phillippe Entremont described his impression of Benitez: “his commitment, talent, imagination, drive, passion and intelligence make Kristhyan an outstanding musician and performer.”
KRISTHYAN has appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including Philarmonie Hall (Berlin), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Town Hall (New York), National Center for the performing arts (Beijing), Ehrbar Saal (Vienna), Salle Cortot (Paris), Amadeo Roldan Theater (Havana)Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and Rios Reyna at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex (Caracas), with performances throughout Europe, South America and the United States
BENITEZ first recording was the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Berlin Symphoniker under Eduardo Marturet. His second album “Miniatures” was released in March 2016, and garnered the Bronze Medal at the Global Music Awards. He was subsequently invited by the Ministry of Culture of China to give an 11 city tour throughout the country, and went on to give further recital performances of his work in Mexico, Taiwan, Colombia, Panama, Argentina, Venezuela, and the United States. His next record, NOSOTROS, won the Global Music Awards Silver Medal in the Best Album and Best Artist categories. Now a recording artist on the Steinway Label, his recent album LATIN AMERICAN CLASSICS was released in the summer of 2020 and includes music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico.
Kristhyan Benitez is a STEINWAY ARTIST.