“. . . a formidable technician and a thoughtful, coolly assured interpreter”
The New York Times, 21 March 2012
“. . . a skill and talent not heard since Kissin’s teenage Russian debut”
Gramophone, April 2010
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first achieved prominence in 2004 as the 11-year-old, youngest-ever winner of the Keyboard section of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Competition. He has since taken his place as one of today’s most exceptional musicians, receiving such accolades as “a master pianist” (Gramophone), “one in a million . . . several million” (The Independent), and “a keyboard visionary” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin was born in 1992 and began lessons with his mother, a piano teacher, at the age of 6. He has been studying with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music and has also had lessons with pianists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough and Arnaldo Cohen.
Benjamin Grosvenor’s 2009 sold-out Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra was hailed as “a performance that took its expressive and dramatic cues from the very heart of the music” (The Daily Telegraph). It followed concerto debuts at the age of 13 at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall and underscored a career that has subsequently seen concerto appearances around the world. In 2011, he opened the BBC Proms with a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto no. 2 – the youngest-ever soloist to perform on the “First Night”.
A regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall, Grosvenor is also in demand as a recitalist in Europe, the USA and Far East. He is also committed to chamber music, where he works closely with musicians from the English Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme and has been featured in two BBC television documentaries. His performances have been broadcast widely in the UK, Europe and USA.
Among Grosvenor’s recent engagements are a highly successful North American tour, including appearances in Vancouver, Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit and New York. His 2012 schedule will also feature appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Andrey Boreyko, the Minnesota Orchestra under Andrew Litton and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit at the BBC Proms, as well as recital debuts in Sydney and Berlin and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s South Bank Centre.
In 2011, Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest British musician ever signed by Decca and the first British pianist to join the label in almost 60 years. His first Decca recording, including the four Chopin Scherzi and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, has had critics marvelling: “Grosvenor, you can tell, is a Romantic pianist, almost from another age. He doesn’t deconstruct, or stand at a distance. He jumps inside the music’s soul” (The Times) and “Grosvenor’s balance of oratory and ornament, gesture and poetry . . . are moving as well as impressive” (The Observer). Grosvenor’s next Decca recording, featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and concertos by Saint-Saëns and Ravel, will be released in July 2012.