Askonas Holt welcomes The Leeds winner Eric Lu

We are delighted to welcome 20-year-old American pianist Eric Lu to our roster following his win at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018 this weekend. Eric also joins the roster of Warner Classics, who will release a digital single of a highlight from his competition performances this Friday.

Eric, who performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with Edward Gardner and the Hallé in the final on Saturday evening, was awarded First Prize, the Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize.

“Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year-old is simply astounding.”
Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 16 September

On Thursday, Eric will open the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. Following the release of his first single on Warner Classics this Friday, a full album will be released on 2 November, including his live concerto performance from the final with the Hallé conducted by Edward Gardner, as well as a selection of recital repertoire from the earlier rounds.

Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition with Askonas Holt’s Celia Willis, Antonio Orlando & Gaetan Le Divelec

Eric first came to the world’s attention as a prizewinner at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw at the age of 17; making him one of the youngest laureates in the history of the prestigious competition. He is also the receipient of the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt.

Eric is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald. He is also a pupil of the pianist Dang Thai Son.

Eric’s performances at the competition are available to watch via and the finals will be broadcast on BBC FOUR this Sunday 23 September. For more information about the competition visit The Leeds website.

We very much look forward to working with Eric in the months and years to come. He will be represented at Askonas Holt by Antonio Orlando.

Lead photo © Simon Wilkinson

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