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Last night, whilst browsing, I came upon this documentary, (58.31mins), and as it looked to be interesting I settled down to view it.
Alan Yentob was the narrator who fronted it and also during this video we saw a great deal of a young pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor, from a very early age and followed his development.We also met, interviewed, and listened to top flight international pianists play.
One facet which may interest Judith was that at around 44 minutes we met Stephen Hough and he both talked and performed , (until 49 mins or so).
The youthful pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor, made headlines when he was the winner of the 2004 keyboard final in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Contest, at the age of 11 years old. There was some disagreement about The Young Musician of the Year award itself being awarded to another competitor as there were strong feelings that Benjamin Grosvenor should have won it. Anyway his award in the keyboard section launched his career as a concert pianist.
Benjamin , born in 1992, is a very dedicated musician and besides his career as a concert pianist enjoys playing with Chamber Quartets and also Chamber Ensembles.
There were several videos of him performing during the 2004 Young Musician of the Year Contest and I have chosen one of them—a Scarlatti in D minor, as a sample of his prowess at the youthful age of 11 years old.
I like documentaries and enjoyed this one very much.
Post subject: Re: Imagine Being a Concert Pianist.
Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:20 pm
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Thank you for that Polly! Seeing Stephen live in four weeks at Harrogate! Second time as seen him at Leeds Town Hall last summer performing "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini". He is amazing! My favourite pianist!
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