At an age when many kids are still learning their way around a keyboard, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor was already wowing music-loving crowds. In 2004, at age 11, he became the youngest artist ever to win the Keyboard Final in the BBC Young Musician Competition; at 19, he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony at the First Night of the Proms. His four albums on the Decca label cover repertoire from Bach and Chopin to Gershwin and Ravel.
In recent years, his performances have continued to rack up awards and garner accolades: the Independent praised his “beautifully clear and singing touch,” and when Grosvenor performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen last year, the New York Times praised his “crisp articulation, beautiful shadings, keen attention to inner voices and tremendous imagination.”
Grosvenor has two Bay Area recitals on his schedule this week: the first for the Steinway Society, and the second for San Francisco Performances. In both appearances, he’ll play Robert Schumann’s “Blumenstück” and “Kreisleriana,” Janacek’s fiery sonata “From the Street,” selections from Prokofiev’s “Visions fugitives” and Liszt’s “Reminisces of Bellini’s ‘Norma’: Grande Fantasie.”
Details: 7:30 March 12, McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, Saratoga; $40-$60; 408-990-0872, www.steinwaysociety.com; also 7:30 March 13, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $45-$75; 415-392-2454; www.sfperformances.org.