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Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist

March 9th, 2012 in Top Video Picks by

In July 2011, 19-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor made his debut at the Proms to great acclaim, wowing both audiences and critics with his performance of Liszt‘s Piano Concerto No 2 in A Major. The youngest ever soloist to perform in the First Night of the Proms, he returned to the Royal Albert Hall on August 6 to take on Britten’s Piano Concerto.

In 2005, “Imagine” discovered this musical prodigy in the making. Alan Yentob talked to the 12-year-old Grosvenor about his success the previous year, in the piano section of The Young Musician of The Year Competition. This is another chance to see that documentary.

The documentary “Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists, including Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation. The film gives a frank and personal perspective on a profession for which the only real qualification is genius, richly illustrated with specially recorded rehearsal and performance.


Links:
Discussion on the Piano Forum

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Proms debut in Franz Liszt’s A major Piano Concerto, 2011:
Part 1 & Part 2


Interview with Benjamin Grosvenor as of March 6, 2012

Benjamin Grosvenor’s recent debut on Decca

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