Following a Wigmore Hall recital on 17th June 2013, broadcast live by the BBC, Benjamin Grosvenor signed a three-year agreement with EFG International (EFG), the widely respected global private banking group. EFG has a long history of supporting excellence and talent in both the arts and sport. In relation to music, it is a longstanding supporter of the Southbank Sinfonia and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
The idea of a relationship with Benjamin Grosvenor emerged following EFG’s sponsorship of the 2012 Gramophone Awards at which Grosvenor won the Instrumental Award and Young Artist of the Year, for his first recording as a Decca Classics exclusive recording artist.
The relationship is designed to assist Grosvenor, 21 years old this summer, during at least the next three years of his development, creating opportunities and experiences for him, as he moves forward in his international career. It is planned that EFG will be involved in a number of strategically important concerts and that Grosvenor will appear from time to time in special events associated with EFG.
The partnership was put in place by James Brown of the Hazard Chase artist management company and Keith Gapp from EFG.
James Brown comments “Benjamin Grosvenor is a once in a generation artist and I am delighted that EFG recognises this and has stepped up to support him in this way. At a time when some elements of the banking industry are under fire, EFG is setting an enlightened and admirable example by supporting and encouraging young talent. From the first meeting, their goal was to help him in a meaningful way – we are delighted to welcome them to the team around Benjamin and we look forward to working with them”.
Keith Gapp comments “EFG is a keen supporter of music, from classical to jazz, and we particularly enjoy supporting the development of young talent. Benjamin’s is an extraordinary talent that has been recognised around the world. He has achieved so much in a short space of time, and there is much more to come as he continues his remarkable musical journey. We are excited to be supporting this artistic process over the coming years”
Benjamin Grosvenor comments “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with EFG over a sustained period and enormously grateful for their support, not just of me personally, but of the arts in general and of young people in particular”.