Benyamin Nuss

Classic Pianist / Jazz Pianist / Composer


Benyamin Nuss was born in a Jazz musician’s family. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, the trombonist Ludwig Nuss, an internationally renowned jazz musician. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion.

Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,” he began at the age of ten to study the composer Claude Debussy, and soon after the works
of Maurice Ravel. How elegantly and emotionally this artist of German- Singaporean descent internalizes the music is demonstrated by his first prizes at the 2005 national Steinway Competition “Young Musicians”, and the 2006 international competition “Prix d’Amadeo de Piano” as well as his grant from the Hochbegabtenstiftung (Foundation for the Gifted) ”Best of NRW”.

Benyamin Nuss has been studying at the Cologne/Aachen conservatoire with Prof. Ilya Scheps since 2008. He also took part in masterclasses by Anatol Ugorski, Ranga Schirmer, Dimitri Bashkirov and Stanislav Bunin. Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he had always a passion for Videogames and Videogame music. He was the featured soloist in the award winning DECCA album “Symphonic Fantasies” and his first solo debut CD released by “Deutsche Grammophon” is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous RPG of all times, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through Germany, where he played in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeizhalle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. Besides he appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distant Worlds” concerts in Tokio, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. Since then Nuss has played Solo performances on TV, like in “Stars von Morgen” with Rolando Villazon and performed in front of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

In 2012, he recorded his second CD for “Deutsche Grammophon” -”Exotica”, which was equally successful and was followed by celebrated concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Recently, he did recordings and concerts for radio, performing Gershwins “Concert For Piano in F” with the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken” and Gershwins “Rhapsody In Blue” and Ravels “Piano Concerto in G“ with the “WDR Rundfunk Orchester”. 2013 he gave his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre interpreting a piano concerto composed by Masashi Hamauzu based on the video game „Final Fantasy X“. 2015 he toured through China, with two different recital programs and played several concerts in Japan with Gershwins „Rhapsody in Blue“ and Ravels „Concerto in G“ under Maestro Kazuki Yamada. 2016 he was invited as a soloist to perform Bernsteins „Age of Anxiety“ with the Gewandhaus Orchestra which was celebrated by the local press.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a classical performer, Benyamin is a gifted composer, two of his composition can be heard in “Exotica”. Apart from classical concerts, he also performs his music with his own Jazz Quartet or in a Trio together with his father Ludwig Nuss and the great bass player, John Goldsby

2017 Benyamin Nuss played Rhapsody in Blue with the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the states and also 2017 played concerto by Friedrich Gulda with the WDR Funkhausorchester.

Notable Orchestra Performances:

2011 Debut with the Royal Stockholm Orchestra LEGENDS
2012 Debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra SYM PHONIC FANTASIES
2013 Debut with the London Symphony Orchestra FINAL SYM PHONY Konzerthausorchester Berlin BERNSTEIN: AGE OF ANXIETY
2015 Debut with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra RHAPSODY IN BLUE
2016 Debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig BERNSTEIN: AGE OF ANXIETY