|Birth||20 June 1989, Bergisch Gladbach, Rhein-Berg District, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia|
Benyamin Nuss (born June 20, 1989) is a German pianist and composer.
Nuss was born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. He began playing the piano at age 6 in 1995 and was taught and supported by his then teacher Viktor Langemann. He also was greatly supported by his father, the internationally renowned Jazz trombonist Ludwig Nuss. With a good environment, he grew up with music from different genres. Later, 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.
In 2004, Nuss was taught privately with concert-pianist Andreas Frölich in Bonn, Germany, and later changed teachers to Ilja Scheps as a youth-student. After high school, Nuss studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and graduated with a Bachelor in Music. He visited masterclasses there with Anatol Ugorski, Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Ragna Schirmer.
Through his success in German national music competition Jugend Musiziert, Nuss was invited to play concerts with the Youth Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2006, Nuss received a stipendium from the Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung and played recitals and concerts with different orchestras of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2008, he was chosen for "Best of NRW", which allowed him to play twelve concerts in diverse concert halls in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he always had a passion for videogames and videogame music. He was the featured soloist in the award-winning Symphonic Fantasies and Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concerts in Tokio, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. Additionally, his first soundtrack released was a tribute to Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, the former composer of the Japanese video game series, Final Fantasy.
In 2010, Benyamin did a tour through Germany, where he played again in many major concert halls, among them the Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt "Alte Oper", Hamburg "Laeiz Halle", Stuttgart "Liederhalle" and many more. 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 album, titled Exotica, which was followed by concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Afterwards, did recordings and concerts for radio stations, performing Gershwin's “Concert For Piano in F” with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken, Rhapsody In Blue, and Ravel's Piano Concerto Nr.2 with the WDR Rundfunk Orchester.
Lately, he has worked in close collaboration with Japanese composer Masashi Hamauzu, performing his compositions in Piano Works Delta/Epsilon/T_Comp1 (2013), Opus 4 Piano and Chamber Music Works (2014), and also some pieces in Benyamin's own album Exotica. Both of these were not released in any soundtrack, and are found only on his official YouTube channel.
Nuss performed piano at a Fanfest event for the Japanese MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV in Frankfurt, Germany, performing alongside vocalist Susan Calloway in a concert performance playing a number of popular music tracks from the Final Fantasy XIV game.
Nuss was praised by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu at the event for his piano performance citing his passion for both the piano and the music he played.