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Roosevelt Island Orchestra

Benjamin Hochman, music director

The Roosevelt Island Orchestra was founded in 2015 by conductor Benjamin Hochman. The musicians of the orchestra include current students and recent graduates of distinguished music conservatories such as Juilliard, Curtis, and New England Conservatory, who play alongside members of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and some of New York’s premiere chamber ensembles and orchestras.

The group is committed to playing orchestral music with the immediacy, vibrancy and spontaneity of chamber music. In repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Jessie Montgomery, the orchestra consistently brings outstanding performances to Roosevelt Island.




Benjamin Hochman
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman has established a vibrant international musical presence through concerts with the New York, Los Angeles, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic. A graduate of the Juilliard Conducting Program where he studied with Alan Gilbert, he has also attended the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, served as musical assistant at Mostly Mozart, and guest conducted the Orlando Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica and The Orchestra Now. He is founder and music director of the Roosevelt Island Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode, his latest album for Avie, Variations, was named by The New York Times one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015.

Past performances


June 4, 2022

Gideon Klein

Partita for String Orchestra

Robert Schumann

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

August 18, 2021

Grażyna Bacewicz

Concerto for String Orchestra

George Walker

Lyric for Strings

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485

March 23, 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, K.492

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491




October 27, 2018

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Serenade for Strings

March 11, 2017


Jessie Montgomery


Richard Wagner

Siegried Idyll, WWV 103


Antonín Dvořák

Serenade for Strings, Op. 22



December 5, 2015

Claude Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 1

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