Piano Greats: Benjamin Grosvenor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Busoni) Chaconne
Robert Schumann Kreisleriana
Maurice Ravel Tombeau de Couperin
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata No. 7
‘He commands the stage with aristocratic ease’ wrote the New York Times about Benjamin Grosvenor, before adding that his playing ‘makes you sigh with joy’. Today he returns to Sage Gateshead for his final performance as ‘Artist in Focus’ for our 2022/23 Sage Classics season, following concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in October and Royal Northern Sinfonia in April. Benjamin offers a typically personal perspective on some greats of the piano repertoire: an arrangement of Bach’s virtuosic Chaconne, Schumann’s lively Kreisleriana, Ravel’s elegant Tombeau de Couperin and Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Sonata No. 7.
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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his sonorous lyricism and understated brilliance at the keyboard. His virtuosic interpretations are underpinned by a unique balance of technical mastery and intense musicality. Grosvenor has been heralded one of the most important pianists to emerge from the UK in several decades.
His 22/23 season begins with Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto no.3 with RSO Wien conducted by Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms. He is ’Artist in Focus’ at The Sage Gateshead, and performs three projects across the season with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including both Chopin Piano Concerti and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Nicola Benedetti.
A renowned interpreter of Chopin, he has performed at the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ Festival in Warsaw, Montpellier Festival, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Spivey Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y.