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Benjamin Grosvenor: Inside the mind of a piano prodigy

Updated 1:35 PM ET, Sat September 8, 2012
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Such are the physical demands of regular practice that Benjamin Grosvenor describes himself as an "athlete." Return to story CNN
This summer, Grosvenor played to sold-out concerts at the Sydney Opera House, London's Royal Albert Hall and the Parc du Chateau de Florans in France. Return to story CNN
Yet he still wrestles with debilitating nerves. "There are concerts before which you have about half an hour where you feel pretty awful and during that time you are questioning, saying to yourself, 'Why am I doing this to myself again?'" Return to story Courtesy: Decca/Sussie Ahlburg
Grosvenor says he spends almost as much time developing an emotional bond with a piece of music as he does physically practicing the notes at his piano. Return to story Courtesy: Decca/Sussie Ahlburg
Grosvenor first hit the headlines at the age of 11 -- as the youngest ever finalist in the UK's Young Musician of the Year competition. Return to story Courtesy: Decca/Sussie Ahlburg
Grosvenor says that, according to his mother, he "didn't have any interest" in the piano aged five and only resumed playing a year later after he discovered that his friends were taking lessons. Return to story Courtesy: Decca/Sussie Ahlburg
Grosvenor likes to relay memories of his formative years in competitive terms: He admits that he didn't care much for the music as a child, but rather saw playing the piano as a "challenge" that needed "overcoming." Return to story Courtesy: Decca/Sussie Ahlburg