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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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 (Vasily Petrenko) and Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard); recitals in Paris, St Petersburg, Eindhoven and London; and a seven-date tour of South Korea. Future dates include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Gewandhaus Leipzig.

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

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Performance Schedule

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    time TBC 23 Aug 2019 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, WARSAW

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K488

    Conductor/Piano: Howard Shelley
    Piano: Eric Lu
    Piano: Charles Richard-Hamelin
    Sinfonia Varsovia

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    11:00 01 Sep 2019 Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

    QIGANG CHEN Wu Xing (The Five Elements)
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major
    RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    Piano: Eric Lu
    Conductor: Long Yu
    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

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    13:30 14 Sep 2019 Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, GHENT

    FREDERIC CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

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    15:30 14 Sep 2019 Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, GHENT

    FREDERIC CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

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    17:30 14 Sep 2019 Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, GHENT

    FREDERIC CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

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    19:30 21 Sep 2019 John Innes Centre, NORWICH

    BRAHMS Intermezzo No.1, Op.117
    SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
    BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
    CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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    04 Apr 19 LSO St. Luke's
    London, UK

    “Eric Lu has the gift of making old-fashioned high-seriousness seem the most exciting thing in town.”

    “Some of his best playing came at the very beginning with Mozart’s famous late Rondo in A minor, one of those late pieces where the conventional turns and graces of the era seem unfathomably remote and strange. Lu emphasised that quality by the way he placed each melody note with exquisite gravity and an inward inflection, as if the piano were speaking to itself.”

    “[Lu’s] gift for keeping something in reserve, without actually appearing to, was revealed in [his] performance of Chopin’s last Ballade. [The ending was] an immense whirlwind, plunging to its doom with a majestic finality.”

    ★★★★ Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 7 April 19

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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


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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

    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



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

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

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15

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