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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


Representation: General Management

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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Full Biography

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music making.  Described as “one in a million…several million” by The Independent, his “astounding technical gifts, the freshness of his imagination, his intense concentration, the absence of any kind of show, and the unmistakable sense of poetic immersion directed solely at the realization of music” have been lauded by Süddeutsche Zeitung. 

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, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms aged just nineteen. A pianist of widespread international acclaim, he was announced Artist-in-Residence at Radio France for the 2020-21 season, in which he holds the same title also with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic.  

Recent and forthcoming concerto highlights include engagements with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne, the Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Hallé Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de EspañaFilarmonica della Scala, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London, Royal Scottish National, San Francisco, and Washington National Symphony Orchestras as well as a tour of China with Britten Sinfonia. Benjamin works with such esteemed conductors as Andrey BoreykoSemyon Bychkov, Riccardo ChaillyElim Chan, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir JurowskiCristian MăcelaruAndrew ManzeLudovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka SalonenLeonard Slatkin, Nathalie Stutzmann, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Urbański, and Kazuki Yamada. 

In recital, Benjamin regularly performs at major venues such London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls as well as the Southbank CentreThéâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, Washington’s Kennedy CenterNew York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street YA keen chamber musician, the season sees Benjamin embark on a North American tour with the Doric String Quartetperform duo concerts with violinist Hyeyoon Park, join musicians from the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for a chamber concert, and perform at the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau and at Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz 

In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever, and the first British pianist in almost 60 years, to sign to the label. His most recent CD on the label, his second concerto recordingfeatures Frédéric Chopin’s piano concertos, recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan. Named Recording of the Month by Gramophone, the disc was also awarded a Diapason d’Or, with Diapason’s critic declaring that the recording is “a version to rank among the best, and confirmation of an extraordinary artist.” 

During his sensational career to date, Benjamin has received Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, 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 awarded a Fellowship from the institution. Benjamin has been supported since 2013 by EFG International, the widely respected global private banking group. 

Artist website: https://www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact James Brown Management to make sure you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Sophie Tiezel

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News

Gramophone Award for Benjamin Grosvenor

September 22nd, 2020

Benjamin Grosvenor’s most recent recording on Decca Classics has been announced as winner of the Concerto category at the 2020 Gramophone Awards. The disc, which was released in February, features Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos, and was recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan. Named Gramophone’s Recording of theRead more ›

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Return to the Proms

August 11th, 2020

Benjamin Grosvenor joins this year’s live Proms in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 September. Appearing with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Benjamin will be the soloist in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available to watch onRead more ›

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Artist in Residence at Radio France

July 14th, 2020

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been announced as Artist-in-Residence with Radio France for the 2020/21 season. He marks the beginning of his residence with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru, the orchestra’s Music Director Designate, in September 2020. Later in the season, Benjamin joinsRead more ›

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Discography & Repertoire

Homages

“Homages” explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors including Mendelssohn, Bach-Busoni, Franck, Chopin and Liszt.

DECCA (2016)

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)

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