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 fifty-seven years behind the keyboard, Kelvin, in addition to his accompanying work, is now enjoying life as a soloist, lecturer, teacher and film producer. He is the Director of The Lieder Academy, an international institute, based in the Netherlands, which is fast gaining a reputation of being the leading venue for the study and performance of Art Song.
Kelvin is to start filming in 2015, a documentary under the title ‘My Notes on Notes’ in which he and various colleagues offer an insight to a less stressful, less physical approach to performing classical music. ‘Over the years I have made, many, many notes and observations about performing music and the piano. In this film and book we hope to bring it all together, to suggest that maybe there is another path which could be considered when performing classical music. Based on the ancient Chinese practice of Wu-Wei, the art of ‘not-trying’, this approach to performance can produce remarkable results.’
The season 2015/2016 is looking like a very exciting time for this unique pianist. A new CD, a film, a book, numerous master-classes and workshops, plus recitals and lectures. We will be posting and updating on this web-site as much as possible and welcome you to return and read the latest news. Meanwhile you can read below some comments from people who have worked with, or heard Kelvin recently.
“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