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"If you don't believe the critical accolades praising pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's astonishing command of the instrument and vivid interpretive gifts, you will when you're done listening to this disc," writes Jed Distler with Classicstoday.com
Chopin, Liszt, Ravel is the debut album from English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who made his name as an 11 year old prodigy when he performed at the BBC Young Musician Final. Now 19, he is becoming recognized for his exquisite technique and flair for tonal color; hallmarks which make Grosvenor one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.
Last year, 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. His first recording for Decca includes Chopin’s Four Scherzi and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. Critics have marvelled at his musical character; ‘Grosvenor, you can tell, is a Romantic pianist, almost from another age. He doesn't deconstruct, or stand at a distance. He jumps inside the music's soul’ (The Times).
The youngest of five brothers, Grosvenor began playing the piano aged 6. He currently studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music and has also had lessons with Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough, and Arnaldo Cohen.
Watch Benjamin Grosvenor play Chopin's Nocturne in F Sharp by clicking below.
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