Benjamin Grosvenor was just 11 when he made those finals and he has since appeared at the First Night of the Proms and performed at prestigious venues all over the world.
Now in his early twenties, he is acknowledged as a pianist of outstanding virtuosity and sensitivity.
Benjamin will be in concert at Bedford Girls School on Thursday, October 23, at 7.45pm.
His programme is on a grand scale befitting an artist who has already been likened to the virtuoso pianists of the ‘golden age’ and he has won several awards.
His recital in the Music on Thursdays season is a rare chance to hear him perform live locally.
Benjamin’s programme includes works by some of the greatest and most demanding composers to have written for the piano.
Starting with a dazzling set of variations by the French 18th-century composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, it goes on to include Ferruccio Busoni’s powerfully romantic transcription of Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne; the noble Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by César Franck; Chopin’s charming Barcarolle and deeply poetic Third Ballade; and three colourful pieces from the picturesque Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.
Tickets are £18 for adults, £16 concessions, £5 for students aged 18-25, and £2 children under 18. They are available on the door or from the box office on 01234 269519.