Congratulations to Trinity-Steinway Scholar ‘22-23 Ben Abraham who gave the most outstanding piano recital at Steinway Hall in London on Wednesday evening in front of family, friends, Trinity staff and students and Steinway colleagues.
This event completed Ben’s Steinway Scholarship and was a culmination of his work throughout the year. Ben was awarded the scholarship in November 2022 when he was just 13 years old, becoming one of the youngest to receive it.
His final recital programme consisted of works by Chaminade, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Copland and Ginastera, with an added jazz piece by Gershwin as an encore. This was a truly remarkable performance, it had confidence, flair, poise, with an advanced emotional and musical connectivity. A performance way beyond his age and he thoroughly deserved the rapturous applause and cheers from the delighted audience.
Mr Evans, Head of Piano, said, “Ben is a young musician who clearly has a very special future ahead of him, we are tremendously excited about his prospects.”
Craig Terry, MD Steinway & Sons, said, “This was a remarkable performance from such a young musician. We are delighted to be part of his journey.”
Since November last year, Ben has been receiving extra tuition with Professor Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, has attended a masterclass in Poland and honed his performance skills through many recital opportunities including most recently in Venice.
Ben says, “During the last year, I have improved not just as a pianist, but as a musician. I have learnt so much about music, how to prepare a set of nearly an hour, understanding how to let the music settle, increasing the stamina I need to play that long and what it would be like to be a professional musician. In that sense, the Venice tour had the biggest impact on me as we lived and worked like professionals. It was great to be there with another former Steinway Scholar Ed Warner who has always been like a mentor to me. This year has helped me determine that I definitely want to pursue music as a career; I love and appreciate classical more than I did a year ago, it’s been brilliant.”
The annual Trinity-Steinway Scholarship is a unique award and collaboration between Trinity, Steinway & Sons and the Royal College of Music, supporting talented young pianists. Trinity became the first All Steinway School in London in 2012 and now benefits from an impressive fleet of 25 pianos, including two model D concert grand pianos and five further grand pianos. The Steinway Suite is the first teaching facility of its kind in the world, offering exceptional practice and research facilities.
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