Benjamin Kobler was born in 1973 in Munich and grew up in the inspiring atmosphere of a family involved with music and the theatre. He started learning the piano at the age of 5, what was soon followed by the cello, composition and conducting lessons. His most influential piano teachers were Carmen Piazzini and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Along with the studies of the piano, he also had lessons with Peter Eötvös in contemporary chamber music. Highlights in his career up until now include concerts in Carnegie Hall, New York and his performance as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
He began to work with Ensemble Modern in 1995, and became a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2007. Due to this work he has been able to very easily come into contact with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Steve Reich and Zoltán Kocsis. He has performed world Premières from Vykintas Baltakas, Nikolaus Brass, Orm Finnendahl, Enno Poppe, Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Along with his teaching at the Stockhausen courses in Kürten, he has had the opportunity to pass on his knowledge at a number of colleges of music. He is also a welcome guest at numerous international festivals.
His decision for contemporary music, after having wandered through phases of jazz, classical and operatic repertoire, was quite easy because the burning question for him is how music can emotionally move people. Answers to this question can be found by not only playing the music himself, but also by having the opportunity to closely question the composers, or to ask them to sing a passage so that they can clearly express what they intend, as music notation can portray only part of what the piece is about.
Along with the contemporary repertoire, Benjamin Kobler hopes to be able to closely study the classical repertoire in the future.
As of June 2017
Aimard / Rothbrust / Kobler / Stroppa
Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen