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British pianist Benjamin Frith was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1957. He studied with Fanny Waterman and won the Dudley Piano Competition aged fourteen and won a Mozart Memorial Prize at twenty. Peter Pears invited him to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. He obtained a BA in Music from Leeds University in 1979, and went on to share top prize in the 1986 Busoni International Piano Competition and to win the Gold Medal at the 1989 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition. In 1992 he played Beethoven's Diabelli Variations at the Edinburgh International Festival. He joined the Gould Piano Trio in 1998, formed the Frith Piano Quartet and has played concertos with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors.
CD Spotlight. Beethoven's Favourite Instrument - Peter Hill and Benjamin Frith play piano four hand music by the genius from Bonn, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... devotedly recorded, impressively executed, rewardingly researched.'
Ensemble. Sturm und Drang - The Gould Piano Trio, heard by Michael Tremberth
Vigour and Energy - Benjamin Frith saves the day, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Impeccable Standards - Bill Newman's pick of June and July concerts at London's Wigmore Hall
Ensemble. Deft Stagecraft and Virtuosity - Bloch and Israeli Music, heard by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Powerfully Sonorous - Fauré, Bliss, Brahms and Weber played by the Frith Piano Quartet, and reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Matched to perfection - Rex Harley closes his eyes and enjoys the Gould Piano Trio