‘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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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’.
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 SüddeutscheZeitung.
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 KomischeOper Berlin, Orchestre National de France, OrchestrePhilharmonique de Radio France, Hallé Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Filarmonicadella 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 Boreyko, SemyonBychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Elim Chan, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Andrew Manze, LudovicMorlot, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, GianandreaNoseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-PekkaSalonen, Leonard 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 Centre, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Cologne’sPhilharmonie, Palau de la MúsicaCatalana Barcelona, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y. A keen chamber musician, the season sees Benjamin embark on a North American tour with the Doric String Quartet, perform duo concerts with violinist Hyeyoon Park, join musicians from the OrchestrePhilharmonique de Radio France for a chamber concert, and perform at the Verbier Festival at SchlossElmau and at InternationalesMusikfestival 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 recording, features 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.
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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’s…Read more ›
Benjamin Grosvenor renews with Decca and announces new album
January 6th, 2021
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has renewed his exclusive partnership with Decca Classics, which so far has seen acclaimed releases such as his 2016 recital album Homages and, most recently, his recording of the Chopin concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Elim Chan, which won a Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Concerto Award in 2020. Benjamin’s…Read more ›
Artist in Residence – Benjamin’s first concert of the season with BSO
December 7th, 2020
9th December 2020 sees Benjamin’s opening concert as Artist in Residence this season with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He will perform Chopin’s E minor Concerto “abounding in melodies of indescribably expressive sweetness”. His recording of the Chopin concertos on Decca Classics won the Gramophone Concerto Award earlier this autumn. The BSO will be conducted by Marta…Read more ›
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 the…Read more ›
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 on…Read more ›
Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Elim Chan NB. 21 February 2020 release
“Homages” explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors including Mendelssohn, Bach-Busoni, Franck, Chopin and Liszt.
“Dances”, a dazzling display of solo works for piano from Bach to Boogie Woogie; via Chopin, Granados, Albeniz, Scriabin and the Blue Danube.
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