Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

PIANO
‘He commands the stage with aristocratic ease … Mr Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy … A temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now.’

David Allen, The New York Times


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Overview

Winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, Benjamin Grosvenor is now an internationally regarded pianist performing with esteemed conductors and orchestras across the world. A BBC New Generation Artist from 2010-2012 Benjamin has performed at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions and in 2015 starred at the Last Night. Exclusively signed to Decca Classics, the youngest British musician to do so, his recordings have received numerous awards and in October 2016 he was announced as the inaugural recipient of the Ronny and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at the New York Philharmonic. Playing since the age of six, Benjamin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’.

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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship. Benjamin is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent) making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

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, he has become an internationally regarded pianist and in 2016 was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, RAI Torino, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall. Benjamin has worked with numerous esteemed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Andrey Boreyko, Sir Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrew Litton, Andrew Manze, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Alexander Shelley, Thomas Søndergård, Jac van Steen, John Storgards, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Michael Tilson Thomas and François-Xavier Roth.

At just nineteen, Benjamin performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms. Following re-invitations in 2012 for a performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit and in 2014 for a recital and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda Benjamin appeared in 2015 at the Last Night of the Proms performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

Recent and future highlights include engagements with the Cleveland and Hallé Orchestras, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta, San Francisco, Singapore, Melbourne, Washington National and KBS Symphony Orchestras. Major recital dates include Vienna Konzerthaus, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, La Roque d’Antheron, International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre as well as his first tour of South America. The forthcoming season sees Benjamin embark on new collaborations with the Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Chailly, with whom he will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and François-Xavier Roth, the Orchestra of St Luke’s and Sir Roger Norrington, and with the London Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Alpesh Chauhan.

Benjamin enjoys incorporating chamber music collaborations into his schedule, including performances with the Escher, Elias and Endellion String Quartets, chamber ensembles of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Naples Philharmonic, and at venues such as Paris’ Musée du Louvre and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Since the 2015-16 season Benjamin has been invited to participate in the prestigious “Junge Wilde” series by Konzerthaus Dortmund, where over the course of three years he will perform on a number of occasions.

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. Benjamin’s 2014 release Dances, a recital album that presents a historically and stylistically varied offering of works influenced by dance, has been described as ‘breathtaking’ (The Guardian), offering “performance after performance of surpassing brilliance and character” (Gramophone Magazine) and won the BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award 2015. Autumn 2016 sees the release of Benjamin’s third recital disc for Decca, Homages.

During his sensational career to date, Benjamin has received Gramophone’s ‘Young Artist of the Year and ‘Instrumental Award’, a Classic Brits ‘Critics’ Award’, UK ‘Critics’ Circle Award’ for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or ‘Jeune Talent’ Award. He has been featured in two BBC television documentaries, BBC Breakfast and The Andrew Marr Show, as well as in CNN’s Human to Hero series. The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano aged 6. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was made a Fellow. Benjamin has been supported since 2013 by EFG International, the widely respected global private banking group.

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News

Benjamin Grosvenor awarded Ackman Classical Piano Prize

October 20th, 2016

New York Philharmonic names Benjamin as the inaugural recipient

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Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recital album

September 9th, 2016

Homages is the pianist’s fourth disc to be released on Decca Classics

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Chauhan and the CBSO

May 13th, 2016

Alpesh Chauhan to return as guest conductor in the 16/17 season

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Benjamin Grosvenor becomes Casio Brand Ambassador

October 22nd, 2015

Acclaimed pianist joins launch of new Celviano Grand Hybrid Piano Range

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Benjamin Grosvenor at Carnegie Hall

October 9th, 2015

Pianist gives recital début at iconic venue

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Reviews

Michael Church, 12 January 2013

“an absolutely stunning performance of Britten’s Piano Concerto by Benjamin Grosvenor, whose playing has now gained formidable authority. In this early work, with its clear echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, one senses Britten beating his wings experimentally, and Grosvenor found exactly the right blend of fun, fury, and sweet seriousness. His articulation was crystalline, and his characterisation of each movement utterly convincing; a shame it wasn’t recorded.”

THE INDEPENDENT

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Geoff Brown, 14 January 2013

‘the British wonder Benjamin Grosvenor’

‘The unshowy Grosvenor coasted across the orchestra’s bustling tapestry with dappled sonorities, limpid arpeggios, poetic insights: thoughtful musicianship, all the way’

THE TIMES

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Antony Craig, 15 August 2012

‘the Royal Philharmonic’s concert was packed to the rafters and I put that down to the draw of Grosvenor’

‘fearless and thrilling’

‘A rare talent’

GRAMOPHONE

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Gue Dammann, 15 August 2012

“the best moment in this year’s concert came when all were quite silent, listening open mouthed to a red-shirted student pianist make light of the dense tangle of notes into which Leopold Godowski saw fit to weave the melody of Saint-Saens’s Swan. Audience and orchestra alike consumed in rapt delight, and the cavernous Albert Hall seemed to shrink to the proportions of a private salon’

‘Grosvenor’s introverted virtuosity was an excellent fit with Saint-Saens, his account of the work full of fleeting rapture and dark charm, keeping good faith with a composer whose pacing can easily wrong-foot a less thoughtful performer”.

GUARDIAN

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JESSICAN DUCHEN, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND BALLET BLOG

Jessica Duchen, 15 August 2012
“Benjamin went for gold”

“the pianist’s voice shone out as a sliver of truth: genuine, unsullied 100-carat musicality. The work’s ferocious technical challenges flew past as though effortless”

“half-hour of world-class pianism.”

GUARDIAN

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Discography & Repertoire

Dances

“Dances”, a dazzling display of solo works for piano from Bach to Boogie Woogie; via Chopin, Granados, Albeniz, Scriabin and the Blue Danube.

DECCA (2014)

Rhapsody in Blue

Includes the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor and The Swan (arr. Godowsky), as well as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the Ravel Piano Concerto in G.  With Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Judd

DECCA (2012)

Chopin, Liszt, Ravel

Includes Chopin Scherzos Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Liszt “En reve, nocturne” and Ravel “Gaspard de la nuit” with Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

DECCA (2011)

Artist Manager

James Brown (Cambridge)
james.brown@hazardchase.co.uk

Sophie Tiezel (Cambridge)
sophie.tiezel@hazardchase.co.uk
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Associate Artist Manager

Kathryn Jennings (Cambridge)
kathryn.jennings@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706030