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Radu Lupu

  • Pianist

Biography

Radu Lupu first major American appearances were in 1972 with the Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in New York and with the Chicago Symphony led by Carlo Maria Giulini. Concerts with the New York Philharmonic soon followed and Mr. Lupu has since appeared with all of the foremost American orchestras. This season, his annual winter tour will include concerts with the orchestras of Cleveland, Boston, National Arts Centre (Ottawa) as well as National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic in addition to recitals for Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City and Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Michigan.

Mr. Lupu’s European orchestral engagements in 2009/10 season included the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Berlin Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink and a tour of Germany with the Zurich Tonhalle and David Zinman.

At the request of Sir Colin Davis, who celebrated his 80th birthday with the New York Philharmonic in 2007, Mr. Lupu appeared in a special series of concerts devoted to concerti of Mozart. Additionally in the 2006/07 season, he performed with the Boston, San Francisco, and St. Louis Symphonies.

Mr. Lupu has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca, including the complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, and numerous solo recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. His most recent London/Decca releases are of Schubert’s Sonatas, D. 960 and 664, which won a Grammy Award® in 1995, and of Schumann’s “Kinderszenen,” “Kreisleriana” and “Humoresque,” which won an Edison Award in 1995. He has also made two records with pianist Murray Perahia (Sony Classical) and two albums of Schubert Lieder with soprano Barbara Hendricks (EMI). In 1998, for Teldec, he joined Daniel Barenboim for a disc of Schubert works for piano, four hands. In 2001 Decca re-released a 2-CD set of Schubert’s music for violin and piano, featuring Mr. Lupu together with Szymon Goldberg.    

In the 2012/13 season Mr Lupu’s concerto engagements will include the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis (for his 85th birthday celebrations), the Luxemburg Orchestra (Emanuel Krivine), Santa Cecilia Orchestra (David Afkham), Chicago Symphony (Riccardo Muti), St Louis Symphony (David Robertson), Boston Symphony (Christoph von Dohnanyi), Orchestre de Paris (Thomas Hengelbrock), Berlin RSB (Marek Janowski), and the Mozart Orchestra Bologna (Claudio Abbado).  He will continue his cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos at the new concert hall in Helsinki with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra (Jukka-Pekka Saraste).  His recitals will include  Paris, Geneva, Genova, Turin, several cities in the US including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Aix-en-Provence, Vicenza, and the Brescia and Bergamo Festival.  He will undertake his 10th tour of Japan, and will also perform in Seoul, Korea.

Born in Romania in l945, Mr. Lupu began studying the piano at the age of 6 with Lia Busuioseanu. He made his public debut with a complete program of his own music at l2, continuing his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrance. In l96l he won a scholarship to the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and his son, Stanislav Neuhaus. During his seven years at the Moscow Conservatory he won first prize in the l967 Enescu International Competition in addition to the Van Cliburn and Leeds International competitions. In 1989 and again in 2006, he was awarded the prestigious “Abbiati” prize given by the Italian Critics’ Association. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award.