Benjamin Grosvenor is a British pianist. As a young prodigy, he has obtained many prizes and recorded his first album at the age of 18 with DECCA.
The youngest of five siblings, Benjamin Grosvenor took his first piano lessons at the age of 6 with his mother, a teacher. At 10, he became the youngest 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) and began his lessons with Christopher Elton.
At the age of 12, Benjamin Grosvenor became BBC Young Musician of the Year in the Piano category, and began a series of concerts with the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra.
2011 was the year of his consecration: in addition to being the youngest soloist to play at the opening night of the BBC Proms, in London, he was one of the Daily Telegraph "10 Britons of the Year", and signed a contract with DECCA which made him the first Briton to be hired by the label for half a century.
The following year, this collaboration gave birth to a critically acclaimed debut album, devoted to Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel (two Gramophone Awards, Diapason d'Or in 2012...). Since then, he has performed all over the world, alone or accompanied by orchestras.
Official website: http://www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk/
Four landmark dates in the life of Benjamin Grosvenor
1992: His birth
2004: Winner in the "pianist" category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
2011: Signed a contract with the label DECCA
2011: Played for the opening night of the BBC Proms
Two key recordings by Benjamin Grosvenor:
Chopin - Liszt - Ravel
Rhapsody in Blue: Saint-Säens, Ravel, Gershwin
Benjamin Grosvenor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (directed by James Judd)