Salman is an eighteen year old homeschooled student. He has been studying piano
and composition seriously since the age of ten, though he has improvised on the
piano for as long as he can remember. He lives in Seattle, where studies with
his father, Mark Salman; he also attends the Seattle Conservatory of Music,
where he participates in the performance, academic, and chamber music programs.
In addition to winning second place in this year’s Bainbridge Symphony
Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, Benjamin was awarded first prize in
the senior division of the romantic era competition at the Seattle
International Piano Festival in 2012; in 2011 he was the second runner up in
the Seattle Philharmonic’s Don Bushell Concerto Competition. For the last three
years Benjamin has participated in the Seattle Young Composers Workshop. As
part of that he has had his compositions performed at Nordstrom Recital Hall at
Benaroya Hall by members of the Seattle Symphony. In addition to music, his interests include
history and geography; he came in 12th in the nation (1st in Washington State)
in the 2009 National Geographic Geography Bee. He intends to study piano and
composition in college, and particularly admires the music of Bach, Beethoven,
Liszt, and Brahms.
Benjamin is the second-place winner of the BSO’s 2013 Young Artist Competition.