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Life and Music
The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin Grosvenor began playing the piano aged 6. He first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 Young Musician Competition at the age of 11.
Benjamin’s orchestral performances have taken him to such prestigious venues as the Barbican, Muza Kawasaki in Tokyo and the Royal Albert Hall, and he has worked with numerous esteemed conductors, including Alexander Lazarev, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alan Buribayev.
In 2011 Benjamin Grosvenor signed to Decca Classics, and in doing so has become the youngest British musician ever to sign to the label, and the first British pianist to sign to the label in almost 60 years.
Released in 2020, his second concerto album featuring Chopin’s piano concertos, recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan, received both the Gramophone Concerto Award and a Diapason d'Or de L’Année, with Diapason's critic saying the recording is “a version to rank among the best, and confirmation of an extraordinary artist.” The renewal of the Decca recording partnership in early 2021 coincided with the release of Benjamin’s latest album Liszt, centred around the composer’s Sonata in B minor, which was recently shortlisted for a Gramophone Award.
During his sensational career to date, Benjamin has received Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, a Classic Brits Critics’ Award, UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or Jeune Talent Award. In 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic.
Did you know?
At the age of ten, in 2003, Benjamin 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.
Benjamin Grosvenor - Morton Gould Boogie Woogie Etude - 9.X.11