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Benjamin Grosvenor

Media Release 4 December 2014

One of the ‘top 10 Britons of the Year’, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor to play at the National Concert Hall

Acclaimed British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who was chosen as one of the ‘1,000 Most Influential Londoners’ (Evening Standard) and one of the ‘Top 10 Britons of the Year’ (The Telegraph) will perform at the National Concert Hall, Sunday 25 January 2015 as part of the International Concert Series 2014/2015.

For his welcome return to Dublin, following his critically acclaimed recital in 2013, Benjamin performs works by Bach, Chopin, Franck, Granados and Rameau for the first concert of the series in 2015.

Benjamin has won many accolades throughout his career and has become one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world today due to his exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal colour which combine to create truly electrifying performances.

Since competing as a finalist on BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004 at the age of 11, he has gone on to become the youngest-ever soloist in the history of the BBC Proms when he played Liszt’s second Piano Concerto on the opening night in 2011. It was that year that he was also nominated by the Evening Standard as one of its ‘1,000 Most Influential Londoners’ and by The Telegraph one of its 'Top 10 Britons of the Year'.

Benjamin joined Decca Records, as the youngest British musician to ever sign with them and the first British pianist for over half a century, and has released three albums featuring various composers. His debut Chopin Liszt Ravel received the Classic Brit Critics’ Award as well as two Gramophone Awards. His latest album Dances, a solo album featuring music in dance forms by composers including Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and Granados, has just been announced as Classic FM’s ‘Album of the Year’ 2014.

Benjamin has received huge critical acclaim for his performances over the years including The Independent - ‘poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ and The Times have described him as 'almost from another age'.

The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2013/2014 is supported by The Irish Times.

Benjamin Grosvenor Programme (Sunday 25 January 2015, 8pm)
Rameau Gavotte and Variations in A minor
Bach  Busoni Chaconne in D minor
Franck  Prélude, choral et fugue
Chopin  Barcarolle
Chopin  Two Mazurkas
Chopin  Ballade No. 3
Granados 3 pieces from Goyescas

Prices: €45, €40, €35, €30 (€20 Choir Balcony)
NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie
For further information please contact: Ruth Moloney, Marketing Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0084 / 087 278 6382