After a recent concert given by Kelvin Grout, the critic was observed rushing out of the hall in tears, refusing to speak with anyone and later writing ‘..an incredible experience, you simply don’t hear anyone play the piano like this anymore!’ The press have also described him as ‘the keyboard wizard‘ and another critic gave him the title, ‘Dr Touché.’
The English pianist Kelvin Grout is best known for his work as a vocal accompanist, working with many of the world’s foremost singers. Celebrating sixty years behind the keyboard, Kelvin, in addition to his accompanying work, is now enjoying life as a soloist, lecturer and teacher.
Recently Kelvin Grout returned to the podium as a soloist and received high praise for his unique approach to the romantic piano repertoire. This has led to many new concerts and projects. His recent performance in the world premiere of Daan Manneke’s ‘Grote Archipel’ was greeted with the highest praise. A CD of this wonderful work was released in November 2019.
BRITISH PIANO MUSIC SOCIETY
“I have always enjoyed performing the great music from Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff etc, but I’ve always had a passion for British piano music, which surely is among the most underrated and intriguing music ever written. So I am happy to announce a four year project, with four CDs, concerts and lectures, presenting fantastic music from numerous British composers.“
The British Piano Music Society undertook it’s first recording in January 2020 with a CD of piano music from Frank Bridge, focusing on his exceptional, Piano Sonata. The recording was undertaken by the Dutch label Quintone. Released on the Etcetera label in April 2020 this CD has caused quite a stir among the piano fraternity, some describing it as the ‘must have CD’ in order to understand an alternative approach to playing the piano.
Also happy to announce the wonderful new cooperation with violinist/soprano Marleen Asberg. Marleen has for many years sat in the first violins of the Royal Concertgebouworkest, but has always had a passion for singing and can often be found performing as both, singer and violinist, with leading chamber groups of the Netherlands. Concerts will begin in May 2020. http://www.marleenasberg.com
“I recently met Kelvin Grout in Germany and discovered that to sing with him is like a gift from heaven. As a singer all you need to do is to listen, lean back, open your mouth and dare. Kelvin guides you into the right atmosphere of the song, will tell you the whole story just by playing the piano. Through this he opens up a new world and leads you to the limits of the possible – emotionally, musically and technically. His pianissimis are breathtaking. Caressed by the sound of the piano the singer floats on the music. Voice and piano become one, while the audience is invited to witness, to participate.” Mariella Baier – soprano