Ben Laude

Music (Piano Literature & Aural Skills)

Faculty Associate


Ben Laude

Contact Information

Email: ben.laude@usu.edu

Biography

Ben Laude is a concert pianist, music educator, and video producer whose playing has been described by the New York Times as “superb in pace, tone, and eloquence.” For two decades, Laude has taught piano, music theory, aural skills via prior faculty positions held at Bard College-Conservatory and New York’s Suzuki School for Strings, graduate fellowships at Juilliard, and his private studio. He has created hundreds of video lessons and interviews with dozens of world class pianists the likes of Yuja Wang, Garrick Ohlsson, and Marc-André Hamelin for the online music education platform Tonebase. Serving as head of Tonebase Piano platform for four years, he also presented live workshops and online intensives in piano literature and musicianship skills for amateur pianists around the world, and received a YouTube Silver Creator Award for the Tonebase Piano YouTube channel.

As a concert artist, Laude has given recitals across three continents and performed in Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared with the New Amsterdam Symphony, Austin Symphony, and Austin Civic Orchestras, and has been heard in live broadcasts on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), and WWFM. In recent seasons, Laude has given all-Beethoven and all-Chopin recitals and is currently engaged to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Southern Tier Symphony.

Laude holds degrees in piano performance from Rice University and the Juilliard School, and his major teachers were Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Robert Roux, and Eric Hicks. At Juilliard he was the assistant to David Dubal, with whom he co-hosted a 3-part series on Glenn Gould for WWFM and co-founded the New York concert talks series Piano Evenings.

In his spare time, he enjoys beat-boxing with his wife Sasha, watching the NBA, and practicing slowly.