Benjamin Frith

Biography

Country: England  
English pianist Benjamin Frith studied with pianist Fanny Waterman. At age 14, Frith won the U.K. Dudley National Piano Competition, and at 20 he was asked by Peter Pears to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. Frith tied for first place in the 1986 Concorso Busoni and took top honors in the 1989 Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition. In 1992 he made a big impression at the Edinburgh Festival with Beethoven's Diabelli Variations; this led to his first Read more recording, made for ASV.

Frith tours all over the world and is frequently heard at festivals and on the competition circuit, though these days usually not as an entrant. Frith is renowned for his depth and sensitivity, not a hallmark one usually associates with pianists who win at the competitive level. Where Frith's work has had the most extensive reach and visibility, however, is in the recording studio. Although he has recorded one-off projects for Black Box Classics, Koch, and the defunct Unicorn Kanchana label, the overwhelming majority of Frith's work has been for the Naxos label. For Naxos he has recorded the music of Bax, Schumann, the complete piano concertos of John Field, and the complete piano music of Felix Mendelssohn. Frith is also greatly interested in chamber music with piano, and in 1998 he joined the Gould Piano Trio as its resident pianist. Read less
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  • 26.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Trios No 1 & 2 / Gould Piano Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555063 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Lucy Gould,  Martin Storey,  Benjamin Frith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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  • 27.
    Night Music 18 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556618 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Benda,  Norbert Kraft,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward,  Mátyás Antal,  Daniel Nazareth,  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Concentus Hungaricus  ... 
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  • 28.
    Field: Piano Music Vol 2 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550762 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 29.
    Field: Piano Music Vol 1 - Nocturnes And Sonatas / Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550761 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 30.
    Tippett: Piano Concerto, Ritual Dances / Frith, Hurst, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553591 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  George Hurst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Romantic Piano Concertos - Field: Concertos No 2 & 4 / Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553771 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  David Haslam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 32.
    The Best Of Weber
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556676 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Alexander Paley,  Kálmán Berkes
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Prionnsias O'Duinn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  RTE Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 33.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Works Vol 5 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553541 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 34.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Bisengaliev, Frith, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553844 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev,  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  Andrew Penny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 35.
    Discover The Classics Volume 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554246-47 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Malcolm Arnold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn,  Andrew Penny,  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta,  Queensland Symphony Orchestra,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Adagio 2 - Telemann, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553841 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Aram Khachaturian,  Franz Berwald,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Ludovít Kanta,  Herbert Weissberg,  Béla Bánfalvi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Andrei Anikhanov,  Okko Kamu,  Robert Stankovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Field: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Frith, Haslam, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553770 Release Date: 06/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  David Haslam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 38.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Works Vol 3 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553186 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 39.
    The Best Of Mendelssohn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556660 Release Date: 10/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Takako Nishizaki,  Péter Nagy
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky,  Anthony Bramall,  Kenneth Jean,  Oliver Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Mendelssohn: Concertos For Two Pianos / Frith, Tinney, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553416 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Hugh Tinney
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta
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  • 41.
    Stravinsky: Music For Two Pianos / Frith, Hill
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553386 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Peter Hill
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  • 42.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Works Vol 2 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550940 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 43.
    Weber: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Etc / Frith, O'Duinn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550959 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta
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  • 44.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Works Vol 1 / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550939 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 45.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550681 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Schumann: Davidsbündlertanze, Fantasiestücke / Frith
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550493 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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  • 47.
    Arnold: Complete Music For Solo Piano / Benjamin Frith
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7162 Release Date: 11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith
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