November 3, 2017
By Erich Burnett
image of Benjamin Grovesnor
Photo credit: Patrick Allen

The 4 p.m. program will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artist.

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations, will take the stage in Finney Chapel Sunday, November 12, as part of Oberlin’s 2017-18 Artist Recital Series.

The 4 p.m. recital features Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G Major; Brahms’ Four Pieces, Op. 119; Brett Dean’s Hommage à Brahms (played as interludes between Brahms’ Four Pieces); Debussy’s L’après midi d’un faune; Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1; and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session in Finney Chapel with Grosvenor, moderated by Professor of Piano Robert Shannon.

Now 25, Grosvenor rose to prominence as the winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition when he was just 11. In 2016 he was honored with the first-ever Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic, which includes an April 2018 engagement to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as chamber music concerts with members of the orchestra. He has also performed with the symphonies of Boston, London, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C., and was last heard by northeast Ohio audiences in a performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major with The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2014 on the first Summers@Severance program.

In 2011 Grosvenor became the youngest British musician to sign a contract with Decca Classics—and the first British pianist to sign in almost 60 years. He has now released four critically acclaimed recordings on Decca. Among numerous other honors, he has been named Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and was featured in CNN’s Human to Hero series.

In advance of Grosvenor's Oberlin visit, ClevelandClassical caught up with the pianist to discuss his career and the program he will perform in Finney Chapel. Read the full interview .

Tickets for Benjamin Grosvenor are $35 ($30 for seniors, military, and Oberlin faculty, staff, and alumni); all student tickets are just $10. They are available by calling Oberlin’s Central Ticket Service at 800-371-0178, online at www.oberlin.edu/arseries, or by visiting Oberlin’s Central Ticket Service at Hall Auditorium from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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