Benjamin recently had a fantastic few concerts with the Seattle Symphony, performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Kazuki Yamada at the Benaroya Hall, Seattle. The orchestra also performed Saint-Saëns' popular tone-poem Danse macabre Op. 40 and his Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’ in C minor as part of their final concert series of the 2017-18 season. Prior to the concert, Benjamin was interviewed by Dave Beck at Seattle's Classical KING FM 98.1 radio station about how Chopin was one of the first composers to capture his musical imagination; you can listen back to the interview here.
Zach Carstensen at Seen and Heard International published a glowing review of Benjamin's performance:
"Unlike other Romantic concertos, the focus of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 is entirely on the soloist; there is no struggle between the instrument and the orchestra. The ensemble opens the concerto, but with the piano’s entrance, the former recedes to a supporting role. Grosvenor, who burst onto the classical scene in 2004 as a finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition, was a sensitive and attentive soloist. For the wrenchingly beautiful second movement, a nocturne, Grosvenor’s expressive playing aimed right for the audience’s heart. Every note, every phrase was imbued with feeling. He moved effortlessly along the keyboard, making each virtuosic moment seem easy. The orchestra, in rare moments when Chopin brought them back into the spotlight, equaled Grosvenor’s keyboard brilliance. A burnished orchestral prelude, an unforgettable bassoon solo in the slow movement, and a vigorous finale stand out.”
Read the full review on the Seen and Heard International website.