Benjamin Grosvenor at the Barbican
Presented with his 2012 Award for Exceptional Young Talent
Benjamin Grosvenor was presented with his 2012 Music Award for Exceptional Young Talent on stage at the Barbican Hall in London on the evening of Tuesday 12 June after a scintillatingly fresh performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Oxford Philomusica.
“Sheer Magic”, “Bounding Exuberance”, “Dazzling Technique” are the prominent headlines in the collage of reviews that make up his award, and all were in evidence in this performance, coupled with a thoughtfulness of interpretation that testifies to his growing maturity at the age of only 19. His award acknowledges such conspicuous 2011 achievements as his two appearances at the BBC Proms and his debut disc for Decca of music by Liszt, Chopin and Ravel.
Benjamin Grosvenor with conductor Marios Papadopoulos © The Critics' Circle
There was applause from the orchestra, applause and a warm handshake from the conductor Marios Papadopoulos, and a resounding ovation from the Barbican audience before Benjamin Grosvenor returned to the piano for an encore of Rachmaninoff’s sunny Polka de W.R.