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Benjamin Grosvenor chats about Homages with New Classical Tracks

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New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Benjamin Grosvenor 

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first came into the spotlight at age 11, when he won the keyboard final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition. When I spoke with him recently, he had just become the first recipient of the Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic. "It's a really huge honor," Benjamin says. "I'm just really looking forward to the opportunities it'll give me. Of course, I'll be making my subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic, which will be wonderful. But I'll also be able to take part in some outreach projects with them, in and around the city. I'll be doing the first of those next year."

This season, Benjamin is preparing for six concerts at Dubai Opera as part of the BBC Proms, and he recently released Homages, his fourth solo recording.

"The idea for this CD was initially a sort of Baroque revisited CD - works by composers that look back to the Baroque," Benjamin explains. "And that theme is there on some of the disc, but I thought in order to reflect what I was doing in recital programs at the time, I'd like to expand that a bit. So I had the idea of tributes or homages, or all the composers are looking toward something else, whether it's a past composer - or, in some of the pieces, a particular place - and to have that theme going through the disc."