coffee concert


11.30am Sunday, 29 May 2011



  Beethoven Sonata Op.31 No.2, The Tempest

  Debussy selection from Préludes, Book 1

  Martin Butler On the Rocks

  Elliot Carter Catenaires




Ben Powell - piano



After winning the 2010 British Contemporary Piano Competition, juror, Philip Mead said "Benjamin Powell has shown himself as a consummate musician with a transcendent pianistic technique in the service of a refined musicality. Some of his performances during the competition were truly breathtaking. He was a worthy first prize winner."


Equally at home in chamber music, song, and solo recitals, Benjamin Powell has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Bridgewater Hall. Forthcoming engagements include the Purcell Room, Blackheath Halls, and St. James’s Piccadilly. His recent solo recital for the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series in the Purcell Room was highly acclaimed: "Benjamin Powell demonstrated an immense range of tone and sound in his programme: granite and stern for Stockhausen, brilliantly light-fingered in Elliott Carter, fiery and moody for Anthony Gilbert, volcanically sensuous in Skryabin." (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph)


Benjamin was born and raised in West Sussex and has lived in Manchester since 1999. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and later (thanks to scholarships from the MBF, DAAD, and Lynn Foundation) with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alexander Melnikov at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and RNCM respectively. His trio, with Oliver Heath and Christopher Murray, are currently Young Artists in Residence at Salford University.  Since 2007 Benjamin has been a staff pianist at the RNCM.


Benjamin teaches piano at the Junior RNCM and for Yorkshire Young Musicians. His students have gone on to win prizes in major competitions, including BBC Young Musician of the Year, James Mottram International Competiton and the British Contemporary Piano Competition.