New York Philharmonic Ackman Prizewinner Benjamin Grosvenor will make his Princeton University Concerts debut in a piano recital featuring works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Brett Dean, Claude Debussy, Alan Berg, and Maurice Ravel. The 25-year-old pianist, the youngest British musician to have signed to Decca Records in the label’s history, has appeared with dozens of major orchestras on five continents and has quickly become one of the world’s most decorated and respected young pianists. Ruth Ochs, of the Princeton University Department of Music, will offer illuminating thoughts on the evening’s program in a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., free to all ticket-holders.
The British pianist is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship. Grosvenor is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as “poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch” (The Independent), and making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.
Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms at just nineteen. Since then, he has become an internationally regarded pianist and was announced in 2016 as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic.
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. He has been featured in two BBC television documentaries, as well as in CNN’s Human to Hero series. The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano aged 6. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was awarded a Fellowship.
Tickets $25-50 General/$10 Students, are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, or by calling 609-258-9220.