This week’s concerts feature two thrilling firsts for young artists the Philharmonic is championing: the World Premiere of Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Philharmonic commission, plus the subscription debut of Benjamin Grosvenor, inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Grosvenor performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, conducted by The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The New York Times wrote of Wednesday’s concert: “The brilliant British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor ... played a demanding part with crisp articulation, beautiful shadings, keen attention to inner voices and tremendous imagination.”
“The scorching chromatic piano scales leading to the theme’s return were a marvel, and the athletic exuberance of the Più mosso coda capped a knockout debut for the young pianist,” wrote New York Classical Review.
The Ackman Prize is made possible by a generous gift from Philharmonic Board Member Lawrence Ackman and his wife, Ronnie (at left, with Mr. Grosvenor and President and CEO Deborah Borda). Ronnie Ackman is a pianist, and the Ackmans’ subscription, which originally belonged to Mr. Ackman’s grandmother, dates to 1942.
A few tickets remain for the performance tonight. In addition, on April 10 Mr. Grosvenor will perform chamber music (Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 and Schubert’s Piano Quintet, Trout) with Philharmonic musicians in a concert co-presented by the Philharmonic and 92Y.
(Photos: Chris Lee)