Piano

Eric Lu

First Prize Winner of The Leeds International Piano Competition 2018

“Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding”
(The Daily Telegraph, September 2018)

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Introduction

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2018, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the final with The Hallé under Edward Gardner.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include further concerts with The Hallé under Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus; his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko; recitals in Paris, St Petersburg, Eindhoven and London; and a seven-date tour of South Korea. Future dates include recitals at Wigmore Hall, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Gewandhaus Leipzig.

November 2018 saw the release of Eric’s first recording for Warner Classics featuring his Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric has already worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; and performed at Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taipei National Concert Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall, Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Seoul Arts Center.

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Performance Schedule

28 Mar 2019 19:30
Lancaster University Great Hall, LANCASTER

MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
Interval
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

30 Mar 2019 19:30
Leeds College of Music, LEEDS

MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4
Interval
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

02 Apr 2019 20:00
Turner Sims Concert Hall, SOUTHAMPTON

MOZART Rondo in A minor K. 511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
Interval
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

04 Apr 2019 19:30
LSO St Luke's, LONDON

MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
CHOPIN Ballade No.4
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

05 Apr 2019 19:00
Royal Overseas League, LONDON

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

11 May 2019 19:30
Elim Art Center, INCHEON

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

12 May 2019 15:00
Kumho Art Hall, SEOUL

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op. 117
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op. 118
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

14 May 2019 19:30
Hamwol Hall, Junggu Arts Center, ULSAN

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

15 May 2019 20:00
Seoul Arts Centre, SEOUL

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

16 May 2019 19:30
Cheonan Arts Center, CHEONANSI

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

17 May 2019 19:30
Daegu Concert Hall, DAEGU

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

18 May 2019 17:00
Busan Cultural Center, BUSAN

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
-interval-
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

25 May 2019 19:30
St James's Church Chipping Campden, CHIPPING CAMPDEN

FREDERIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11

Conductor: Thomas Hull
Piano: Eric Lu
Chipping Campden Music Festival

20 Jun 2019 19:30
The Old Swan, HARROGATE

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
Interval
HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

Piano: Eric Lu

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    19:30 28 Mar 2019 Lancaster University Great Hall, LANCASTER

    MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    Interval
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    19:30 30 Mar 2019 Leeds College of Music, LEEDS

    MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    CHOPIN Ballade No. 4
    Interval
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    20:00 02 Apr 2019 Turner Sims Concert Hall, SOUTHAMPTON

    MOZART Rondo in A minor K. 511
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    Interval
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    19:30 04 Apr 2019 LSO St Luke's, LONDON

    MOZART Rondo in A minor K511
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    CHOPIN Ballade No.4
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    19:00 05 Apr 2019 Royal Overseas League, LONDON

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    19:30 11 May 2019 Elim Art Center, INCHEON

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    15:00 12 May 2019 Kumho Art Hall, SEOUL

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op. 117
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op. 118
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    19:30 14 May 2019 Hamwol Hall, Junggu Arts Center, ULSAN

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    20:00 15 May 2019 Seoul Arts Centre, SEOUL

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    19:30 16 May 2019 Cheonan Arts Center, CHEONANSI

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2

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    19:30 17 May 2019 Daegu Concert Hall, DAEGU

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    17:00 18 May 2019 Busan Cultural Center, BUSAN

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    -interval-
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

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    19:30 25 May 2019 St James's Church Chipping Campden, CHIPPING CAMPDEN

    FREDERIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11

    Conductor: Thomas Hull
    Piano: Eric Lu
    Chipping Campden Music Festival

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    19:30 20 Jun 2019 The Old Swan, HARROGATE

    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    SCHUBERT Piano Sonata D784
    Interval
    HANDEL Chaconne HWV 435
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2

    Piano: Eric Lu

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    02 Nov 18 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
    Album Reviews

    “his Chopin sonata is masterly in its grandeur and lyricism, and the Ballade is a delight.”

    David Cairns, Sunday Times, 27 January 2019

    “With a truly beautiful tone, an innate understanding of the music’s structure, flow and emotional drives and a warm, genuine, unaffected way of shaping the phrases, it sounds as if he has a wise head on young shoulders; his playing combines that with the best of a youthful, fresh response to these perennially-loved masterpieces…Let’s hope this will be his first recording of many.”

    BBC Music Magazine, January 2018

    “This is a reading that is full of glinting brilliance on the part of Lu – his dexterity is impressive, as is his trilling, and in the more extrovert moments he is in his element. Yet in the more inward moments, while Lu takes the dynamics down, he doesn’t soften emotionally or display much colouristic range.”

    Harriet Smith, Gramophone Magazine, November 2018

    “His Beethoven Fourth Concerto, with Edward Gardner and the Hallé, had both maturity and sparkle.”

    Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 30 September 2018

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    06 Nov 18 St George's
    Bristol, UK

    “Lu seems already to possess something of the magic touch of early Leeds laureates Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, and is surely one of the most exciting prospects in a long time. A veritable poet of the keyboard.

    ★★★★★ Rian Evans, The Guardian 7 Nov 18

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    15 Sep 18 Leeds International Piano Competition
    Leeds, UK

    “Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding”

    Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, 17 Sept 18

    “The winner was the American pianist Eric Lu, who Chopin sonata took our breath away with its measured grandeur, and whose performance of Beethoven’s fourth concerto held the audience spellbound”

    Michael Church, i, 18 Sept 18

     

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    13 May 17 Recital
    Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, Boston

    “A serious, mature, and interesting musician.”

    Stephen Wigler, International Piano Magazine, 13 May 18

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    05 Apr 17 National Philharmonic Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major
    Strathmore, Maryland

    “The audience was in awe”

    Katie Gaab, MD Guide, 5 April 17

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    05 Jun 15 Recital
    Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall), New York

    “[Eric’s Schubert Impromptu showed] a beautiful lyrical quality in the melody that fit the composer perfectly”

    Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, 25 June 15

Discography

 
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Ballade No. 4

    Label: Warner Classics

    Release Date: 02 Nov 18

    CHOPIN Ballade No. 4
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2, Ballade No. 4
    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4

    Conductor: Edward Gardner
    Hallé Orchestra

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    Late Works by Mozart, Schubert and Brahms

    Label: Genuin

    Release Date: 29 Mar 18

    MOZART Rondo in A minor
    SCHUBERT Four Impromptus D. 899
    BRAHMS 6 Klavierstücke Op. 118

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    Eric Lu plays Chopin Preludes & Mazurkas

    Label: Frederick Chopin Institute

    Release Date: 24 Jun 16

    CHOPIN
    24 Preludes Op. 28
    Waltz No. 5 in A flat major Op. 42
    Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Op. 22
    Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major Op. 27 No. 2

Repertoire

MOZART

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K. 488

CHOPIN
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58

RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30

BRAHMS
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23