Sextet of debuts for Eric Lu



It’s now just over 14 months since Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu took home first prize at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. In that short time, Eric has made his BBC Proms debut, given recitals on four continents, become a BBC New Generation Artist, stepped in for both Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, and performed with conductors including Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard and Sir Mark Elder.

As he continues to cement his reputation in the industry, Eric will this month give debut recitals at both the Wigmore Hall, London and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with further recital firsts in 2020 at BOZAR Brussels, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Leipzig Gewandhaus.

All six recitals will feature Chopin’s 24 Preludes, which Eric has just recorded for release on Warner Classics – with whom he signed an exclusive contract in August – in March 2020. The remainder of the programmes will consist of works by Brahms (Klavierstücke), Schumann (Ghost Variations) and Schubert (Allegretto in C minor).

We asked Eric how he was feeling ahead of these impressive debuts:

“This past year has been real dream for me. I feel privileged and very happy to be able to share great music with people from all over, and I am grateful to have met many wonderful people along the way, who have helped me, and enhanced my life in a positive way. I am very much looking forward to playing in these important venues, which are in significant cultural centres, as well as collaborating with great orchestras and conductors.”

Further highlights of this season include debuts with the BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Detroit Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Kansas City Symphony, as well as a UK tour with Alexandre Bloch and the Orchestre National de Lille that will visit Birmingham, London, Gateshead and Sheffield, before culminating with a return to the site of last year’s win, Leeds Town Hall.

Eric Lu at Wigmore Hall, 9 December 2019

This performance will be recorded for deferred broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm on 15 January 2020

SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
BRAHMS Klavierstücke Op.118
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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Eric Lu at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Sunday 29 December 2019

This performance will be recorded for live broadcast on Dutch radio

BRAHMS Intermezzo in E-flat major
SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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Eric Lu at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Friday 28 February 2020

BRAHMS Intermezzo in E-flat major
SCHUMANN Ghost Variations
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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Eric Lu at BOZAR Brussels, Sunday 1 March 2020

SCHUBERT Allegretto in C minor
BRAHMS Klavierstücke
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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Eric Lu at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Thursday 16 April 2020

CHOPIN 3 Mazurkas Op. 59
SCHUBERT Allegretto in C minor
BRAHMS Klavierstücke
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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Eric Lu at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Saturday 18 April 2020

This performance will be recorded for deferred broadcast via MDR Figaro and EBU

CHOPIN 3 Mazurkas Op. 59
SCHUBERT Allegretto in C minor
BRAHMS Klavierstücke
CHOPIN 24 Preludes

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