Wednesday 10 January 2024 7:30pm
Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor, op posth
Chopin Barcarolle in F sharp major, op 60
Liszt Piano sonata in B minor S178
Liszt Berceuse, S174 (first version)
Chopin Piano sonata no. 3 in B minor, op 58
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his sonorous lyricism and subtle brilliance giving interpretations that are underpinned by a unique balance of technical mastery and intense musicality. His performing career started in earnest when he won the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician in 2004 at the age of 12. While still studying at the Royal Academy he joined the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and in 2011 became the youngest ever soloist at the Last Night of the Proms, appearing at the Ilkley Concert Club that same year.
We welcome him back to play two central works of the romantic piano repertoire – Liszt’s great B minor sonata, which Benjamin recorded in 2021 to great acclaim, as well as Schumann’s Fantasie in C which was dedicated to Liszt. The programme also includes one of Chopin’s final works, the Barcarolle in F sharp, and the work often seen as Liszt’s homage to Chopin, his Berceuse.