"...dispatched with force and bronze plasticity - artistry transforms brilliance into a political issue as an expression of uninhibited self-realisation that demands breadth and depth"

Frankfurter Allgemeine

"instant classic'

BBC Music Magazine

“He has all the virtuoso velocity and firepower, and then some”

BBC Music Magazine

"an original and discriminating musician”


Daniel Grimwood is best known as a world-leading exponent of 19thcentury virtuosic piano repertoire. Received with critical acclaim, Grimwood’s recordings and performances of the music of Adolph von Henselt ensure his international reputation as a groundbreaking, inspirational musician, marking him out as a unique voice amongst his generation of pianists. His recording of Henselt's Complete Etudes garnered "instant classic status" by Gramophone Magazine, which also named it piano release of 2023.

With an astonishing range of music within his repertoire, Daniel’s superlative level of pianism means that he is equally at home performing the music of J.S. Bach, as he is of Rubinstein or Liszt. In 2023 Daniel was invited to open the 34th Season of the highly prestigious Husum Piano Festival in Germany, with a stunning concert of works including Field, Blumenfeld, Liszt, William Sterndale Bennet, Henselt and his own transcription of Purcell's Chacony.

His discs of Liszt and Chopin, performed on an 1851 Erard piano, received a unanimous chorus of praise from the press; the Liszt album was Daily Telegraph CD of the week and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine.

Daniel has performed at many of the world’s leading concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall

\Birmingham, the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, as well as venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman and Australia.

In demand for his thoughtful, innovative, and ingenious programming, Daniel enjoys a busy solo and chamber music career, and alongside Joseph Wolfe and Jonathan Ayling is a founding member of the Tier3 Piano Trio and the Paddock Wood Proms.

Daniel's dynamic mastery of the piano is combined with a laser-like curiosity about composers, and historical performance practice. A highly informative and entertaining speaker, Daniel has thrilled audiences with his lecture/recital programmes.

He is currently a Research Associate at the University of York, specialising in 19thCentury Performance Practice. Daniel's award-winning Urtext edition of the Adolph von Henselt Etudes is published by Edition Peters and his book about the Etudes of Adolph von Henselt has been met with enthusiasm. Daniel regularly performs on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and has been featured in BBC Four’s TV documentary series “Revolution and Romance”.

His musical interest started as a 3-year-old playing the next-door neighbour's piano in Kent, and by the age of 7 he was performing in front of audiences. His training continued with Graham Fitch at the Purcell School, where he also studied violin, viola and composition, giving him a broad appreciation of classical music, and later with Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Peter Feuchtwanger.

Away from the piano, Daniel is a keen distance runner, and member of Paddock Wood Athletic Club.


Linda Hawken