British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal color are the hallmarks which make him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. Grosvenor makes his International Artist Series debut this season with a program which includes works by Rameau, Chopin, Franck, and Granados.
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 performing with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, RAI Torino, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall (at the age of thirteen). Benjamin has worked with numerous esteemed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Andrey Boreyko and Vladimir Jurowski.
At just nineteen, Benjamin performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. Benjamin returned to the BBC Proms in 2012, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit. Recent and future highlights include engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Orquesta de Euskadi, as well as recital debuts at the Boston Celebrity Piano Series, Club Musical de Québec, Salle Gaveau, Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Southbank Centre, London. Benjamin continues to incorporate chamber music collaborations into his schedule, including a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall’s International Chamber Music Series with the Endellion String Quartet, alongside further collaborations with the Escher String Quartet and Elias Quartet.
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. Recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and James Judd, Benjamin’s most recent recording for Decca includes Saint Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, interspersed with transcriptions by Godowsky and Percy Grainger. The recording has been top of the Specialist Classical Charts. During his brief, but 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, The Andrew Marr Show, CNN’s Human to Hero series and has recently signed a three year agreement with EFG International (EFG), the widely respected global private banking group. The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano aged 6. In July 2012, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the ‘The Queen’s commendation for excellence’. Benjamin has had lessons with Christopher Elton, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough, and Arnaldo Cohen amongst others.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
Join us at 6:45pm in the Marzitelli Foyer for a pre-concert talk hosted by Mark Mazullo.
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Rameau: Gavotte and Variations in A minor
Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D minor (from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004)
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue M.21
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Chopin: Two Mazurkas in F minor, Op.63, No.2 & in C-sharp minor, Op.30, No.4
Chopin: Ballade No.3, Op.47
Granados: Three Pieces from Goyescas: Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor; El amor y la muerte; El pelele
Mompou: The Fountain and the Clock
Dohnanyi: Capriccio Op. 28 No. 6
For several years now, this English pianist has been causing a substantial stir among critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical prowess and interpretive boldness.New York Times
With virtuosity of this calibre, allied to a probing musical intelligence, the sky’s the limit.The Independent