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Shall We Dance?

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall

Kelly Kuo, conductor | Nicholas Sharma, conductor | Eric Lu, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: German Dances, K. 509

Nicholas Sharma, conductor

Igor Stravinsky: Danses concertantes

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Eric Lu, piano


A set of Mozart’s charming German Dances opens this dance-inspired program followed by Stravinsky’s witty and fanciful Danses concertantes. Pianist Eric Lu, the first-prize winner of the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt and former prizewinner in the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition, joins us after intermission for Beethoven’s beloved Piano Concerto No.4, one of the last pieces the composer himself performed in public.


Soloist

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Eric Lu, piano

“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

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2018, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with The Hallé and Edward Gardner in the final. On his semi-final, The Independent praised a reading Chopin’s Second Sonata which “took one’s breath away with its measured grandeur.”

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 will see the release of Eric’s first recording for Warner Classics, featuring his Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds. Previous releases include an all-Chopin recital on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s own label; and Mozart, Schubert and Brahms on Genuin Classics.

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

Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17, and on winning the 2017 International German Piano Award and the US National Chopin Competition. He is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where his teachers include Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald, and is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son.


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