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Programme for Saturday 9th Feb. 2008
Albeniz Iberia Book One
Moskovski Caprice Espagnol
Chopin arr. Balakrev Romanza- Piano Concerto No1 in E minor
Chopin Sonata No 3 in B minor
At the age of eleven, Benjamin was the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the
In his final year at primary school Benjamin passed his GCSE in mathematics and also began piano lessons with Hilary Coates and Christopher Elton. As well as his regular studies at school, the Royal Academy of Music has awarded special affiliated scholarship status to Benjamin - something very rarely offered to a student of his age.
Benjamin gave his first full recital (with a cellist) in May 2003 at a local church and in November 2003 he made his first concerto appearance, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Westcliff High School Orchestra.
Engagements in 2004-05 included recital debuts at
Benjamin’s first project in 2005-06 was to prepare Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for his Royal Albert Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Later in the season Benjamin made both his North and South American concerto debuts with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in
Engagements in 2006-07 include performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia and English Chamber Orchestras, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall and
Benjamin has recently signed an innovative development agreement with EMI whereby he will gain occasional studio experience over the coming years, and will have opportunities to meet and observe other recording artists, as a way of preparing for his own recordings with EMI in the future.