Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
as part of the Piano Masters Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Bach Selection of Bach Transcriptions written by other composers
Chopin Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44
Chopin Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Scriabin Selection of Mazurkas Op. 3
Scriabin Valse in A flat major, Op. 38
Granados Valses Poéticos
Strauss/Schulz-Evler Blue Danube Waltz
'That boy seems to have a sonic variety of liquid gold in his fingers. He's a natural romantic, sensing exzactly how to shape an ecstatic arc and pace a rubato.' The Independent, 2011
Nineteen year old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal colour are the hallmarks which make Benjamin Grosvenor one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.
The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin Grosvenor began playing the piano aged 6. He currently studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music on an affiliated scholarship and has also studied with Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough, and Arnaldo Cohen amongst others.
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has become an internationally regarded pianist performing concerti with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and Brazilian Symphony in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Muza Kawasaki and Carnegie Hall (at the age of thirteen).
In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, and in doing so has become the youngest British musician ever to sign to the label, and the first British pianist to sign to the label in almost 60 years. His first recording for Decca includes Chopin’s Four Scherzi and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. Critics have marvelled at Benjamin’s musical character as displayed in this recording; ‘Grosvenor, you can tell, is a Romantic pianist, almost from another age. He doesn't deconstruct, or stand at a distance. He jumps inside the music's soul’ (The Times) and ‘Grosvenor's balance of oratory and ornament, gesture and poetry – evident, too, in Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit – are moving as well as impressive’ (The Observer).
Presented by The National Concert Hall