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Benjamin Grosvenor brings shimmering playing and a touch of wizardry to Chopin Piano Concertos / Financial Times

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A career does not always go to plan for a young pianist who has been hailed as a prodigy. Benjamin Grosvenor came to notice at 11, when he won the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, aged 13, and was the youngest-ever soloist to appear at the opening night of the BBC Proms in 2011.

Now in his late 20s, Grosvenor is out on the international concert circuit, and the good news is that his youthful flair has not dimmed. He has cited magicians of the keyboard like Vladimir Horowitz, Alfred Cortot and Shura Cherkassky as pianists that he likes to listen to, and he dispenses a touch of their wizardry himself.

Each of those titans brought particular spontaneity to the music of Chopin, and Grosvenor follows in their footsteps. These recordings of the two piano concertos, made in Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under conductor Elim Chan, are lit up by the flashes of enchantment that we have come to expect from him.     PHOTO: © Redferns

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