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Benjamin Grosvenor: Teenage Prodigy Comes of Age – United Kingdom

An object lesson in how to nuture a burgeoning concert career… resulting in “a beguiling, stylish and richly rewarding performance of Chopin’s E minor Piano Concerto played by the 15-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor.”

Many will recall that he won the keyboard final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, when it was clear that he possessed a talent beyond mere technical accomplishment. Sensibly, in the years since, his gifts have neither been sensationalised nor exploited for short-term gain or fame. […]

In this performance of the E minor Concerto, no allowances needed to be made for Grosvenor’s age. You could shut your eyes and readily imagine that it was someone of far greater years, though at the same time a pianist who had not let familiarity with the music dull its freshness, exuberance and lyrical grace. His was an interpretation with a personality and impulse of its own, while remaining true to Chopin’s spirit.

One crucial aspect of the music that Grosvenor had absorbed was the fine balance that exists between whim and structural security, the way in which Chopin’s decorative filigree can seem impromptu or relaxed, while having an architectural purpose that fuels and sustains the overall shape and momentum.

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A season for Chopin
Warsaw Business Journal – Poland

“It wouldn’t be summer in Warsaw without the echo of Frederic Chopin’s music…”

The Sunday All-Chopin Recitals are a Warsaw tradition
The Sunday All-Chopin Recitals are a Warsaw tradition

Hundreds of people lounging on the lawn by the Frederic Chopin monument in the Royal Łazienki Park, listening as the Polish master’s work is performed live by world-renowned artists – this is one of the fundamental Warsaw experiences. The charm of the Sunday All-Chopin Recitals, of which these concerts are part, has been captivating audiences for almost 50 years. The recitals are held every Sunday between May and August….

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