BENJAMIN LOEB (b 1966 )
Though since 2013 Benjamin Loeb has served primarily as the executive director of the Quad City (Iowa) Symphony Orchestra, he is also an accomplished soloist, accompanist, conductor, arranger, educator, and administrator. His piano performances have been heralded by the Boston Globe: “[his] vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that [makes] this music live.” Recently, he performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the invitation and under the direction of Alan Gilbert. He has also collaborated with JoAnn Falletta, Carl St.Clair, and Rossen Milanov. He has recorded for Naxos (both as soloist and collaborative pianist), CBC, and the DSC label. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Conducting, the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School in Accompanying, and a BA from Harvard University.