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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


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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his sonorous lyricism and understated brilliance at the keyboard. His virtuosic interpretations are underpinned by a unique balance of technical mastery and intense musicality. Grosvenor has been heralded one of the most important pianists to emerge from the UK in several decades.

His 22/23 season begins with Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto no.3 with RSO Wien conducted by Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms. He is ’Artist in Focus’ at The Sage Gateshead, and performs three projects across the season with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including both Chopin Piano Concerti and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Nicola Benedetti.

Other concerto highlights of the 22/23 season include engagements with KBS Symphony and Mo. Chung (Chopin 1), touring with the London Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, Orchestra of St Luke’s at Carnegie Hall (Mendelssohn 1), Auckland Philharmonia, Prague Radio, Bern, San Diego and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Orchestre de Lyon with Leonard Slatkin.

In recital, Grosvenor makes his debut at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, in Mainz as part of the SWR2 Internationale Pianisten series and Oldenburg. He also returns to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead, Kennedy Centre, Washington and embarks on a tour of Latin America including returns to Sao Paolo and Montevideo. A keen chamber musician, regular collaborators include Hyeyoon Park, Timothy Ridout, Kian Soltani – whom he appears with at Cologne Philharmonie, and the Doric String Quartet with whom he tours the USA in Spring 2023.

Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Paavo Järvi and Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, varied projects as Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall in the 21/22 season and at Radio France in 20/21. A renowned interpreter of Chopin, he has performed at the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ Festival in Warsaw, Montpellier Festival, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Spivey Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y.

Süddeutsche Zeitung praised his “astounding technical gifts, the freshness of his imagination, intense concentration, the absence of any kind of show, and the unmistakable sense of poetic immersion directed solely at the realisation of music”. Benjamin regularly works with such esteemed conductors as Paavo Järvi, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Mark Elder, Kent Nagano, Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, François-Xavier Roth and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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 concerti, 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.” His renewal of the Decca partnership in 2021 coincided with the release of Benjamin’s latest album Liszt, centred around the composer’s Sonata in B minor, which was awarded ‘Chocs de l’année’ and Prix de Caecilia.

He was invited to perform at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has since then gone onto perform at this prestigious Festival no fewer than ten times across the last decade including at the Last Night of the Proms with Marin Alsop and BBC Symphony in 2015 and most recently with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 and the Hallé Orchestra. He also performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with Paavo Jaarvi in the 2020 Festival during the summer of lockdown.

Grosvenor has received Gramophone’s ‘Young Artist of the Year’, a Classical Brit 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, Front Row, 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.

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 RAM Fellowship. 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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News

Grosvenor at Carnegie Hall

November 21st, 2022

Benjamin Grosvenor returned to Carnegie Hall last week – this time with Orchestra of St Luke’s to kick off their 22/23 season at the prestigious venue. Benjamin performed a dazzling interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 conducted by Harry Bicket, followed by Liszt’s Gnomenreigen as an encore to a very enthusiastic audience. Next, Benjamin takesRead more ›

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New recording of Lark Ascending featuring Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor

October 12th, 2022

Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor have released a new recording of The Lark Ascending in its original version for violin and piano to celebrate the anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birthday on Decca Classics. You can listen to the recording here which is currently No. 1 on Spotify’s Classical New Releases. Whilst preparing to recordRead more ›

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Grosvenor’s opening concert as Artist in Focus at The Sage Gateshead

October 8th, 2022

On Sunday 9 October, Benjamin Grosvenor gives his first concert as Artist in Focus at the Sage Gateshead with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, following their performance at Bridgewater Hall on Saturday evening. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Ed Gardner, Benjamin performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as the LPO celebrates their ninetieth birthday thisRead more ›

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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Prokofiev at the BBC Proms

August 22nd, 2022

Benjamin returned to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 August for Prokofiev’s virtuosic Third Piano Concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony conducted by their Chief Conductor Marin Alsop. He treated the audience to a stunning encore of Ravel’s Jeux d’eau – rather welcome on such a hot day in London! YouRead more ›

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Benjamin’s Summer of Festivals

July 6th, 2022

An exciting summer awaits Benjamin Grosvenor who this week performs at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra in Liszt’s Piano Concerto no.1, conducted by Elim Chan on Saturday 9 July. After Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 as a special performance on the Isle of Man with the Hallé Orchestra on 23 July conducted byRead more ›

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Reviews

BBC Proms, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

“Grosvenor’s ever-gracious virtuosity was muscular, capitalising fully on the sensitivity of touch of a modern grand piano.”

Flora Wilson, The Guardian, September 2021 (****)

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Discography

Chopin Piano Concertos

Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Elim Chan
NB. 21 February 2020 release

DECCA (2020)

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)

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