Randall Benway, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was accepted at age 10 as the youngest piano student of Theodore Lettvin. He later studied with Arthur Loesser and Eunice Podis and, at age 16, collaborated in piano concerto performances with conductor James Levine. He was also often asked by Robert Shaw to accompany his various singing groups.
Mr. Benway was an undergraduate at Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, and received a Master of Music (Piano) degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with Gyorgy Sandor and Louis Nagel and composition with William Bolcom.
Mr. Benway spent considerable time studying in Europe, including two years in London, England as a piano student of Balint Vazsonyi and subsequently in France as a composition student of Nadia Boulanger. While a student, Benway attended and performed in master classes of some of the great European artists, including Balint Vazsonyi; Clifford Curzon; John Ogden; Jean-Marie Darré; Nikita Magaloff; and Soulima Stravinsky. Benway also won two piano competitions, resulting in concerto performances in the United States and Switzerland.
Mr. Benway has performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia as soloist; soloist with orchestra; and chamber musician, including live radio broadcasts on National Public Radio. He has performed many four-hands and two-piano concerts in Europe and China. Benway is a founding member of The Redwood Trio, former President for many years of the United States Open Music Competition, and founder of Music in Residence, a new nonprofit organization that will produce salon concerts in the Bay Area, as well as an international piano festival.
Mr. Benway has made more than 150 trips to Asia, with considerable time spent in China playing concerts, judging piano competitions, and giving master classes. He also advises young Chinese pianists about how and where to study at music schools in the United States.
Starting in 2009, for 10 years Mr. Benway was assistant Director of the Blackhawk Chorus, an award-winning group of 140 singers who perform regularly in the Bay Area. The choir has also performed on tour in New York, England, Wales, Ireland, and Europe. Benway is a faculty member of the Lancaster International Piano Festival.
Mr. Benway is a sought-after accompanist and coach for pianists, opera singers, and instrumentalists, and a frequent judge in both domestic and international piano competitions. He was recently on tour for several concerts throughout Sicily with renowned soprano Elizabeth Hunter Ashley, with whom he frequently collaborates.