Date Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time 4:00 pm
Location Finney Chapel

90 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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An Artist Recital Series performance by Benjamin Grosvenor, piano. The ARS performance will be followed by a Q&A session in the chapel with Grosvenor, moderated by Professor of Piano Robert Shannon.


Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816

Johannes Brahms: Four Pieces, Op. 119

Brett Dean: Hommage à Brahms (played as interludes between the Brahms Four Pieces, Op. 119


Claude Debussy: L’après midi d’un faune (arr. Leonard Borwick)

Alban Berg: Sonata, Op. 1

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

The concert will be followed by a Q&A with Benjamin Grosvenor on the Finney Chapel stage.


British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship.

Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven.  He was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at just nineteen, and since then, has become an internationally regarded pianist.  In 2016 he was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with The New York Philharmonic. The prize includes a return to New York in April 2018 to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as chamber music with members of the orchestra at The Tisch Center for the Arts at 92nd Street Y.

Recent and future highlights include engagements with Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland, Gulbenkian and Hallé Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, and the London, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington National Symphony Orchestras. Among his major recital dates are Vienna Konzerthaus,  Carnegie Hall New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, Barbican Centre London, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall Tokyo, as well as his first tour of South America.

Benjamin has worked with numerous esteemed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Andrew Litton, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, and Michael Tilson Thomas.      

In 2011 Benjamin signed with Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever to sign with the label, and the first British pianist to sign with the label in almost 60 years. Benjamin’s fourth CD on the label, Homages (2016), explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors, including Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne, Franck’s Choral, Prelude and Fugue, and Liszt’s tribute to Italian folk song, Venezia e Napoli. The disc was awarded a Diapason d’Or and was named choice of the month.

During his sensational career to date, Benjamin has received many awards including Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year.  He has been featured in two BBC television documentaries, BBC Breakfast and The Andrew Marr Show, as well as in CNN’s Human to Hero series. The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano at age six. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was awarded a Fellowship. Benjamin has been supported since 2013 by EFG International, the widely respected global private banking group.

Order tickets by calling Oberlin’s Central Ticket Service at 1-800-371-0178 or online at Oberlin Arts Guide.

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