Benjamin Grosvenor

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Benjamin Grosvenor
Born (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 22)
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active since 2003
Labels Decca
Website www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk

Benjamin Grosvenor (born 8 July 1992) is a classical pianist from the United Kingdom. He won the piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 competition.[1] In 2010 he joined BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme, which he completed in 2012.

Family[edit]

Grosvenor is the youngest of five brothers. His father is an English and Drama teacher, and his mother Rebecca a piano teacher by profession.[2]

Education[edit]

Grosvenor began studying the piano with his mother at the age of six.[2] He joined Westcliff High School for Boys[2] in 2003. He now also takes lessons from Christopher Elton[2] in London. Grosvenor studied at the Royal Academy of Music.[3][4] At his graduation as BMus in 2012 he received the Queen’s Award for Excellence for the best all-round student of the year.[5]

Performance career[edit]

In May 2003, Grosvenor gave his first full recital at a local church. In the same year, he made his first concerto appearance, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Westcliff Sinfonia.

Since then he has given many high-profile recitals in Europe and the United States. Some of the concerts he has played in were at the Royal Albert Hall,[2] St George's, Bristol, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Usher Hall, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall.

Grosvenor has performed with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish String Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra[1] and English Chamber Orchestra,[6] playing works by Mozart, Grieg, Ravel, Britten and Chopin.

On May 20, 2009, Grosvenor made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Montgomery, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin where he played Grieg.

In the summer of 2011, Grosvenor made his debut at the BBC Proms as the youngest-ever soloist on opening night,[7] playing Liszt's Second Piano Concerto, and the Britten Piano Concerto later in the series with the National Youth Orchestra.

Awards[edit]

At the age of ten, in 2003, he became the youngest-ever winner of four competitions—The Southend Young Musician of the Year, The Essex Young Musician of the Year, The Emanuel Trophy and The EPTA Trophy.

Eleven-year-old Grosvenor was the winner of the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 award. He played Scarlatti, Schumann, Takemitsu and Chopin—all from memory. The overall winner of this competition was Nicola Benedetti.

In 2011 he was picked by the Evening Standard as one of its "1,000 Most Influential Londoners"[8] and by the Daily Telegraph as one of its "Top 10 Britons of the Year".[9]

In 2012, Benjamin Grosvenor was awarded two Gramophone Awards: 'Instrumental Award' and 'Young Artist Award', making him Gramophone's youngest-ever double award winner.[10] He was also awarded a Classic Brit 'Critics Choice Award' for his Chopin/Liszt/Ravel CD on Decca.[11]

Recordings[edit]

Grosvenor has recorded CDs featuring various composers. In July 2005 he appeared in a BBC documentary as part of the Imagine series.

After a short period under a development agreement with EMI, he signed for Decca in April 2011, the label's first British pianist for over half a century.[12] He has released three albums on the label. His first, Chopin Liszt Ravel, won the 2012 Gramophone Award for the best instrumental album released in the previous year.[13] Also in 2012, he released Rhapsody in Blue, featuring music by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Judd. In 2014, he released Dances (2014), a solo album featuring music in dance forms by composers including Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and Granados. The album was awarded "Disc of the Month" by both the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone.[14]

In September 2012 Grosvenor was featured in the CNN series Human to Hero.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Norris, Geoffrey (26 January 2009). "Benjamin Grosvenor and the Philharmonia Orchestra...". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Moss, Stephen (10 November 2005). "'At three he was reading the Wall Street Journal'". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Service, Tom (14 April 2011). "Benjamin Grosvenor: 'I'm not that talented'". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Morley, Christopher (14 October 2011). "Benjamin Grosvenor is a prodigy with an ear for music". Birmingham, United Kingdom: Birmingham Post. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Royal Academy of Music, Graduation 2012". 29 June 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Norris, Geoffrey (27 May 2008). "Benjamin Grosvenor: teenage prodigy comes of age". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Service, Tom (14 April 2011). "Benjamin Grosvenor: 'I'm not that talented'". Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ "London's 1000 most influential people 2011: Classical". Evening Standard. 
  9. ^ "Britons of the year". Daily Telegraph (London). 28 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gramophone Awards 2012 announced". Gramophone magazine. 
  11. ^ "Classic Brit Awards - Winners 2012". Classic Brit Awards. 
  12. ^ http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/04/decca_breaks_a_record_-_it_sig.html
  13. ^ "Benjamin Grosvenor at the Gramophone Awards 2012". Classic FM. 28 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances". Presto Classical. 
  15. ^ Lianne, Turner (10 September 2012). "From Human to Hero". CNN. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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