Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pianist Benjamin Grovesnor


Speaking of great reviews, there has been much anticipation about the Carnegie Hall debut of young British pianist Benjamin Grovesnor, 23, a wunderkind made of old bones. Here’s what The New York Times music critic David Allen beautifully wrote:

Benjamin Grosvenor might be just 23, but he commands a stage with aristocratic ease. And how. The darling of British pianophiles, Mr. Grosvenor, in his Carnegie Hall recital debut, at Zankel Hall on Thursday, proved a boy lord of the piano. In a program of remembrances (of Bach, Couperin and Italy), he recalled a distant age of pianism, playing with a judgment far beyond his years and a tone so achingly antique it sounded as if it ought properly to be heard through the crackle and hiss of an old monophonic record.

“It is said that the greatest sportsmen are so secure in their talents that they appear to have more time, at the plate or on the court, than anyone else. They err, but they are unafraid to. A similar patience distinguishes Mr. Grosvenor from the pack of young pianists touring concert halls today, and perhaps elevates him above them. For all that Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Khatia Buniatishvili and others can wow with speed or daring, Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy.”

And keep your eyes out for a brilliant, talented, exquisite, young English saxophonist Hannah Marcinowicz …one to watch.

Image attribute/source: Benjamin Grosvenor / benjamingrosvenor.co.uk

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