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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

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.

A pianist of widespread international acclaim, in the 21/22 Season he is Artist in Residence at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London with three varying projects. The previous season he was Artist-in-Residence at both Radio France and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 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 realisation of music” have been lauded by Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Recent and forthcoming concerto highlights of the 21/22 season include engagements with the Chicago, Baltimore and Pittsburg Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Chamber, Hamburg Staatsorchester and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin works with such esteemed conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Mark Elder, Kent Nagano, Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, François-Xavier Roth and Esa-PekkaSalonen.

In recital this coming season Benjamin looks forward to returning to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Konzerthaus Berlin and Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona. He also undertakes an extensive US recital tour including venues such as Philadelphia CMS and People’s Symphony NYC. He has also performed at the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, Montpellier Festival, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y. A keen chamber musician, regular collaborators include Hyeyoon Park, Tabea Zimmermann, Timothy Ridout, Benedict Kloeckner, Kian Soltani and the Doric String Quartet. Benjamin is Co-Artistic Director of the Bromley and Beckenham International Music Festival, a unique and vibrant event for the local community which was born out of the desire to reconnect with the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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. Released in 2020, his second concerto album featuring Chopin’s piano concertos, recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan, received both the Gramophone Concerto Award and a Diapason d’Or de L’Année, with Diapason’s critic declaring that the recording is “a version to rank among the best, and confirmation of an extraordinary artist.” The renewal of the Decca recording partnership in early 2021 coincided with the release of Benjamin’s latest album Liszt, centred around the composer’s Sonata in B minor.

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. In 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic.

Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms. 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 is an Ambassador of Music Masters, a charity dedicated to making music education accessible to all children regardless of their background, championing diversity and inclusion.

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

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September 10th, 2021

It’s a busy start to the new season for Benjamin Grosvenor who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 at the BBC Proms on Tuesday evening with the Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Catch up HERE. Benjamin returns to the Hallé later this month for performances of Ravel in G at the Bridgewater Hall before embarkingRead more ›

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Benjamin Grosvenor in Hamburg

August 12th, 2021

Celebrated British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been enjoying a busy summer – with recent recitals at the presitigious Radio France Festival in Montpellier and at La Roque in the South of France. Next he travels to Hamburg for two performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 this Saturday with Mo. Kent Nagano and the Philharmonisches StaatsorchesterRead more ›

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Opus Klassik Awards nominations

June 21st, 2021

It has been announced that both Benjamin Grosvenor and Zlata Chochieva have been nominated for Opus Klassik awards in the same two categories. Benjamin’s nominations are for his highly acclaimed ‘Liszt’ album, and Zlata has been nominated for her superb performance on her album ‘(re)creations’. The categories are “Instrumentalist of the Year”, and “Solo RecordingRead more ›

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BBC Proms 2021

May 27th, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that two JBM artists will feature in the 2021 BBC Proms.   Daniel Hyde returns to the Proms to join the line-up of the First Night of the 2021 season on Friday July 30th, performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra lead by Dalia Stasevska.  The programme includesRead more ›

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Early praise for ‘Liszt’, Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recording

February 19th, 2021

Coinciding with its release on 19 February, Benjamin Grosvenor’s new recording for Decca Classics, Liszt, has been selected for Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. The reviewer comments “An ideal Liszt Sonata performance requires transcendental virtuosity, prodigious colouristic resources, a sense of drama and narrative flow and a gift for fusing both architecture and passion. Benjamin Grosvenor’sRead more ›

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Reviews

“a recital of extraordinary musical coherence …  Franz Liszt’s immense B minor Sonata has effect of an extraordinary artist who takes the audience wherever he wants. Under Grosvenor’s fingers this sonata is a veritable theatre, from the very first dry, vertical notes to the almost nauseating swirls on the return of the main theme in the last movement… But purely instrumental virtuosity is never an end in itself, and is anchored in a vision and a continuous flow that always leaves room for song and melody … Grosvenor fascinates as much by the ease with which he frees himself from Lisztian overtones as he does by his acute sense of narrative.”

Augustin Javel, Bachtrack, July 2021 (*****)

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Discography

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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