Program Biography

    Born in Beijing, China, and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel, pianist Motti Fang-Bentov hails from a multicultural, east-west background. It is from this background, and the exceptional guidance he had along the way, that Motti draws his musical palette. Motti is a stubborn believer in the importance of communication and expression as the primary values of any art, and that the most powerful artistic experiences at their core are an act of sharing something deeply personal. 


   Described by Mitsuko Uchida as “a fine musician”, and applauded for his “depth of understanding of musical styles” by Jean-Yves Thibodeau, Motti’s past performances include appearances as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra; the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; the Israeli Symphonic Orchestra; and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia. He has collaborated with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Vakhtang Kakhidze and David Loebel. He has given solo performances in Heichal Hatarbut, Tel-Aviv; Jordan Hall, Boston; Sala dei Notari, Perugia; and the Rose Theatre at the Lincoln Center, New York. More recently he has given chamber music performances at the First Monday series in Jordan Hall, Boston; Bennett Gordon Hall, the Ravinia Festival; and the Conservatorio Svitzerra-Italianna, Lugano. 


    In addition to solo work, Motti is a passionate chamber musician and collaborator, and is the pianist of the Boston-based Trio Rai, with whom he has won the bronze medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (‘21). He also attended Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Workshop, and Yale’s Norfolk festival. Recent collaborations include performances with Itzhak Perlman, as well as duo performances with Tessa Lark, Lawrence Lesser and Maria Ioudentich. 


     Motti is also the winner of numerous prizes and competitions: the NEC Concerto & Honors Competition (‘18); the Pnina Zaltsman Piano Competition (‘12, ‘15); and the Ashdod Piano Competition (‘12, ‘15). He has had the fortune of being supported by many awards and scholarships in his musical path; they include the Presser Award (‘19), the SBCF Emerging Artist Award (‘20), and the AICF Musical Excellence Award (‘11-’17). 


   Motti has previously served in the Israel Defense Forces. His Israeli teachers – Hana Shalgi, Vadim Monastyrski and Tomer Lev, have ingrained in him the artistic sensibilities of the rich musical tradition of Israel and Russia. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the New England Conservatory, under the guidance of Alexander Korsantia. He now pursues a Graduate Diploma at NEC as a Presidential Scholar with Wha-Kyun Byun. 


    In his spare time, Motti loves cooking and coming up with new recipes, especially ones that merge his two cultural backgrounds together. He now resides in Boston with his partner Nadia, and their 4 pound teacup poodle, Boba.