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Benjamin Frith Piano

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Ben was encouraged by his teacher, Dame Fanny Waterman, to pursue a musical career after winning the Dudley National Piano Competition at the age of fourteen. After a Mozart Memorial Prize he was invited to play at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he shared the stage with Sir Peter Pears in Poulenc's 'Histoire de Babar'. He gained much exposure after the 1983 NFMS. Award for Young Concert Artists, but his international reputation was ensured by his top prize at Busoni (Bolzano) and the Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition.
Ben's CDs on the Naxos label, of Field, Mendelssohn and Weber have sold world-wide and he has been recently invited to perform again with the Halle (Rachmaninov) and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras (Hummel and John Field). He has also been revisiting Israel, playing Mozart concertos with the Israel Camerata in Tel Aviv.
His versatility as both soloist, chamber musician and teacher has led to a wide reaching musical career, taking him to many international festivals and collaborating with leading orchestras as well as major figures from the chamber music world. He lives in Sheffield and holds a teaching post at the Royal Northern College of Music.


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