Pupils at St James Junior and Senior Girls’ Schools in Kensington were very excited to welcome British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor, to school on Monday morning when the world-renowned concert pianist performed three pieces to pupils in two special assemblies.
Benjamin Grosvenor played three pieces: ‘Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune’ (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) by Claude Debussy and ‘Courante’ and ‘Gigue’ from French Suite No 5 in G BWV816 by JS Bach.
Benjamin first came to prominence when he won the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms at just nineteen. Since then, he has become an internationally regarded pianist, performing with orchestras all over the world and with internationally renowned conductors.
During his career to date, Benjamin has received Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, a Classic Brits Critics’ Award, UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or Jeune Talent Award. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was awarded a Fellowship.
Sarah Labram, Headmistress of St James Senior Girls’ School, said, “Music and the performing arts have always been central to a St James education and we are sure that Benjamin Grosvenor’s visit today will have inspired our pupils to reach new heights!’
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