“The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who has been making the leap from child prodigy to a maturing star, has been named the first recipient of a new $30,000 classical piano prize awarded by the New York Philharmonic,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (10/20) New York Times. “Mr. Grosvenor, 24, won the first Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize—which, in addition to the prize money, comes with opportunities to perform with the orchestra. He will play with the Philharmonic in April 2018, the orchestra said. The prize is the latest sign of recognition for Mr. Grosvenor, who has been making waves among piano lovers.… The Ackman Prize was created by Lawrence Ackman, a member of the Philharmonic board, and his wife, Ronnie, a pianist who is a member of the Lincoln Center board.” In April 2017, he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Posted October 24, 2016