Benjamin Frith (piano)
Benjamin Frith
Latest Scarlatti sonata recording - 'a disc to convert the most die-hard authenticist'

Benjamin began studying with Fanny Waterman and whilst still young won many prestigious prizes in international competitions. More engagements with world renowned orchestras followed as well as recitals in the Far East, India and North America. In addition to his solo career he is an acclaimed chamber music pianist principally with the Gould Piano Trio. Last season Ben included appearances at the Wigmore Hall and in China and Japan. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Tippett and includes 50 concertos.
Friday 22nd February 2019
Sonata K310 in A minor
3 Nocturnes op.15
Valse Oubliée no.1
Fountains of the Villa d'Este
Sonata D960 in B flat

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Life student of Dame Fanny Waterman, Benjamin Frith won the Dudley National Concerto Competition at age fourteen, performing Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto, subsequently making his recital debut at the Harrogate International Festival. His many awards culminated in joint top prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, then in 1989, the Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master's Competition, where he was also awarded the special prize for Chamber Music.

Many engagements with world renowned orchestras followed, such as IPO (Mehta), Warsaw Philharmonic (Atzmon) and later the Halle under John Wilson and Sir Mark Elder and recital tours from India, Kazakhstan, Israel and Egypt to the Far East and North America. He soon made recording contracts with ASV, then with Naxos, for whom he made a best-selling John Field Concerto Cycle with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His solo recording of Schumann's highly personal Davidsbundler op. 6 received the top recommendation on Radio Three's programme, 'Building a Library'.

During the latter half of his career there has been a concentration on the chamber repertoire, principally as pianist in the Gould Piano Trio, which has made regular tours to N. America being described recently in the Washington Post as 'near musical perfection'. He has also formed the enterprising Frith Piano Quartet with cellist Richard Jenkinson and been the guest pianist of such illustrious ensembles as the Elias, Emperor, Endellion, Chilingarian, Wihan and Dante quartets.

Recent releases include the 2nd Piano Concerto of C.V.Stanford with BBCNOW coupled with his Dante Rhapsodies for solo piano, warmly received by BBC Music Magazine and chosen by the Gramophone's critic, Jeremy Dibble, as his 'Disc of the Year 2016'

Last season saw Benjamin performing at the Wigmore Hall in Schumann's Piano Quintet (Elias) and in 2018 he has continued with the Gould's Wigmore Beethoven Piano Trio cycle and appeared as solo recitalist in China and Japan.

Benjamin Frith is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.