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Benjamin Grosvenor

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall

 

“For all that Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Khatia Buniatishvili and others can wow with speed or daring, Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy.”
– The New York Times

Double Gramophone Award Winner

Rameau       Gavotte and Variations in A Minor

Beethoven       Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major. Op. 7

Liszt       Berceuse in D-flat Major, S. 174 (2nd version)
Liszt       Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized 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. Gramophone’s February 2020 issue asks, “Is there a finer British pianist than Benjamin Grosvenor?” describing him, at 27, as already “leaving his mark for future generations.”

A student of his mother’s from age 6, Mr. Grosvenor won the BBC Young Musician of the Year keyboard section at 11. (His performance in the final is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Uqld-iW7o. You won’t believe it!)

For a decade, he was the pupil of Christopher Elton, the Royal Academy of Music’s piano department head. At 19, he became the youngest British artist ever signed by Decca, and the youngest-ever opening night BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall soloist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T79YWTc7HvU

The following year Mr. Grosvenor, 20, was named Young Artist of the Year, and his first recording was named Best Instrumental, making him the youngest ever double winner of the Gramophone Award, the world’s most influential classical music prize. Gramophone has now added that first recording to its Chopin: 50 Greatest Recordings list. At 23, he made his Carnegie Hall debut.

Concerto highlights include the Boston and Chicago Symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Francisco, and Washington National Symphony orchestras. Major recital dates in the 2019/20 season are London’s Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Cologne Philharmonie and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. A keen chamber musician, Mr. Grosvenor has a North American duo tour with violinist Hyeyoon Park, and performs with Ms. Park, Timothy Ridout and Kian Soltani on the International Chamber Music Season at London’s Southbank Centre.