Benjamin Grosvenor (born 8 July 1992) is a British classical pianist.
|Born||8 July 1992|
|Years active||since 2003|
Grosvenor is the youngest of five brothers. His father is an English and Drama teacher, and his mother Rebecca is a piano teacher by profession. Grosvenor began studying the piano with his mother at the age of six. He joined Westcliff High School for Boys in 2003. He now also takes lessons from Christopher Elton in London. Grosvenor studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had musicianship classes with Daniel-Ben Pienaar and Julian Perkins. At his graduation as BMus in 2012 he received the Queen's Award for Excellence for the best all-round student of the year.
In May 2003, Grosvenor gave his first full recital at a local church. In the same year, he made his first concert appearance performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Westcliff Sinfonia. Since then he has given many high-profile recitals in Europe and North America. Some of the concerts he has played in were at the Royal Albert Hall, St George's, Bristol, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Usher Hall, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall.
Grosvenor has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish String Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, playing works by Mozart, Grieg, Ravel, Britten and Chopin. On 20 May 2009 Grosvenor made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Montgomery, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
In 2010 Grosvenor joined BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme, which he completed in 2012. In the summer of 2011 he made his debut at the BBC Proms as the youngest-ever soloist on opening night, playing Liszt's Second Piano Concerto, and Britten's Piano Concerto later in the series with the National Youth Orchestra. Judith Weir composed her solo piano work Day Break Shadows Flee for Grosvenor, who gave its world premiere in September 2014.
At age 10, 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. At age 11, Grosvenor was the winner of the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 award.
In 2012, this pianist "at the same time so brilliant and so promising" was awarded two Gramophone Awards: 'Instrumental Award' and 'Young Artist Award', making him Gramophone's youngest-ever double award winner. He was also awarded a Classic Brit 'Critics Choice Award' for his Chopin/Liszt/Ravel CD on Decca.
After a short period under a development agreement with EMI, he signed for Decca in April 2011, the youngest artist ever and the first British pianist in 60 years to sign with the label. 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. 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.
- This and That (2009)
- Chopin, Liszt & Ravel (2011)
- Rhapsody in Blue (2012)
- Dances (2014)
- Homages (2016)
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