A leading chamber orchestra is teaming with an exciting and young pianist at the Town Hall Birmingham in Artists in Residence. Benjamin Grosvenor earlier this year at the First Night of the Proms became the youngest to perform as a soloist will join as a new Associate Artist the Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS).
He and three other soloists will appear with OOTS during their 2011-12 season. Joining him are clarinettist Emma Johnson, Tamsin Waley-Cohen on the violin and Julian Lloyd Webber, last year’s Associate Artist and a cellist.
At only 11 he rose to public attention performing in the BBC Young Musician of the Year as a finalist. The nineteen year old will give three concerts with OOTS in their popular series Wednesday afternoons at Town Hall Birmingham.
He will play Piano Concerto no21 from Mozart in the October 19 opening concert as part of Summer Nights and Schubert’s 5th a special programme. OOTS will be performing Delius’s Summer Night along the River and on hearing the First Cuckoo in spring under the baton of David Curtis the Artistic Director, in commemoration of Delius’s 150th anniversary of his death.
Benjamin will return May 9, 2012 and will play Piano Concerto no3 from Beethoven in a concert that will include his Symphony no6 Pastoral as well as Delius’s A song before Sunrise and on June 6th for Grieg Piano Concerto performing with Peer Gynt Suite no1 by Grieg and Norwegian Suite by Delius.
He will also perform with OOTS in the same Delius and Schubert and Delius and Beethoven programmes in Civic Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon on October 18th and May 9th respectively.
Benjamin performed Piano Concerto no2 by Liszt to become the youngest soloist opening the Proms at Royal Albert Hall June 15th. He will perform with the National Youth Orchestra the Britten Piano Concerto later during the proms season August 6th.
Decca has signed him as their youngest British musician and he released his first recording July 11th. He said he was excited and pleased to work with an orchestra that has a worldwide reputation superb recordings and innovative programming.