Pianist BENJAMIN GROSVENOR Debuts in Los Angeles

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor 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. Benjamin 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) making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

The Wallis is honored to host the Los Angeles debut of Grosvenor in a vast program of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Scriabin.

PROGRAM
SCHUMANN    Arabesque, Op. 18
MOZART    Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333
BEETHOVEN    Sonata in c-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

Intermission

SCRIABIN    Sonata No. 2 in g-sharp minor, Op. 19 “Fantasy”
GRANADOS    from Goyescas, Op. 11
Los Requiebros
El fandango
LISZT    Rhapsodie espagnole

Learn more about Benjamin Grosvenor here.
Read the program notes here.
Read an essay on the music here.

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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor 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. Benjamin 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) making him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, he has become an internationally regarded pianist and in 2016 was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, RAI Torino, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall. Benjamin has worked with numerous esteemed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Andrey Boreyko, Sir Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrew Litton, Andrew Manze, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Alexander Shelley, Thomas Søndergård, Jac van Steen, John Storgards, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Michael Tilson Thomas and François-Xavier Roth.

At just nineteen, Benjamin performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms. Following re-invitations in 2012 for a performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit and in 2014 for a recital and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda Benjamin appeared in 2015 at the Last Night of the Proms performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.