Benjamin Grosvenor made an impression on audiences as an 11-year-old, becoming the youngest winner of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year in the keyboard division in 2004. His "youngest" distinctions continued to mount as he earned an international reputation performing recitals and as a concerto soloist. Grosvenor was born on July 8, 1992, in Southend-on-Sea, England. He began playing piano at six, studying with his mother. Following his BBC Young Musician win, he attended the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar. He was signed to the Decca label in 2011, becoming the label's youngest-ever British musician; he was also the label's first British pianist signed since the 1950s. Grosvenor continued to add to his "youngest" distinctions in 2011 by being the youngest soloist to date to open the BBC Proms concert season. He graduated from the Royal Academy in 2012 with a Queen's Commendation for Excellence; he earned a fellowship at the Academy in 2016. 2016 also saw him earn the first-ever Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize from the New York Philharmonic. Grosvenor's talents have taken him throughout Europe, the U.S., China, and Japan in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and as a concerto soloist. He's performed with many major orchestras, including the New York and London Philharmonics, Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Boston, Chicago, and Tokyo Symphonies. As a chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with Hyeyoon Park and Timothy Ridout, among others. Grosvenor's 2011 debut album featured the music of Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel. He followed this up with Rhapsody in Blue (2012), Dances (2014), and Homages (2016). In 2020, he was joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, led by Elim Chan, on a recording of Chopin's piano concertos.
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Classical - Released February 21, 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.
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The unconventional character that is Benjamin Grosvenor delivers us a very personal version of these two essential works of the piano repertoire. The first Brit to have signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics in sixty years, he first made his name in 2004 when he won the Keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year, thus throwing the doors open to an international career. Produced alongside the talented young conductor from Hong Kong Elim Chan, the musical director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, this new album dedicated to Chopin revisits the young British prodigy’s first musical loves. It was following a very successful concert with Elim Chan that they decided to record the Piano concertos by Chopin together. In this fifth album (for Decca), it’s Grosvenor’s virtuosity and ability to make the instrument sing that allow him to fully express his favourite music. “Chopin was the first composer to whom I felt a strong connection to as a child. I have always been drawn to his music, and his piano concertos are among some of the finest in the repertoire”, he says. Other than his already legendary sound and the expert way he strikes a balance between the different acoustic levels, his vision underlines the dreamy romanticism that delicately envelops the two concertos by the then-20-year-old Polish composer. © François Hudry/QobuzThis album was named "Gramophone Recording of the Year 2020" in the"Concerto" category.