Passion and Power

Passion and Power

RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan
ROBERT SCHUMANN Concerto in A minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 54
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Matthew Kasperconductor
Eric Lupiano

This thrilling program begins with Richard Strauss’ popular Don Juan, based on a play about the legendary figure of Renaissance Spain, represents his conversion to a Wagnerian style. Schumann’s piano concerto, his only such work, is one of the most widely admired and performed works from the Romantic period. The rising star soloist is Eric Lu, a Leeds International Piano Competition winner and a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Grant. The program closes with perhaps Beethoven’s most ebullient work, his 7th symphony.

About Eric Lu

“Leeds winner Eric Lu showed an astonishing command of keyboard tone and color.. the sign he is already a true artist. It was a spellbinding experience.” – The Guardian

“Lu’s playing is in a rare class – sensitive and emotionally intuitive.” – BBC Music Magazine

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018 at the age of 20. The following year, he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics, and was a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In October 2022, Eric made his debut with the Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti.

Eric Lu’s 22-23 season includes subscription debuts with the London Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. He will also give recitals at the Cologne Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and return to the Elbphilharmonie, Wigmore Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

Recent seasons highlights include performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and appearing at the BBC Proms with the Shanghai Symphony. Eric Lu has worked with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and on tour with the Orchestre National de Lille. He has worked with conductors Riccardo Muti, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Vasily Petrenko, Ryan Bancroft, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Thomas Dausgaard, Ruth Reinhardt, Martin Frӧst, and Long Yu.

Eric has appeared in recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BOZAR Brussels, 92nd St Y NY, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, Cal Performances Berkeley, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and Sala São Paulo. He regularly returns to give recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.

In 2020, Warner Classics released Eric’s first studio album, featuring the Chopin 24 Preludes, and Schumann’s Geistervariationen. It was met with critical acclaim, including one of BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Records of the Year’. In 2018, Eric’s winning live performances of Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds with The Hallé and Edward Gardner was released by Warner. Eric looks forward to the release of Schubert’s Sonatas D.959 and 784 in December 2022.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric Lu first came to international attention as a Laureate at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. He was also awarded the International German Piano Award in 2017. Eric is a BBC New Generation Artist from 2019-22. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Robert McDonald and Jonathan Biss. He was also a pupil of Dang Thai Son, and has been mentored by Mitsuko Uchida and Imogen Cooper. He is now based in Berlin and Boston.

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Apr 28-30

Symphony Hall
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