A Poetic Journey
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SATURDAY 8 JANUARY 2022
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (SOTA) CONCERT HALL
SUNDAY 9 JANUARY 2022
VICTORIA CONCERT HALL
ONLY 200 TICKETS AVAILABLE PER CONCERT.
Following his spectacular Singapore debut in 2019 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra when he substituted on short notice an indisposed Martha Argerich, the internationally acclaimed pianist Eric Lu returns in January 2022 to play his debut Singapore recitals!
The first American since Murray Perahia to win First Prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, Lu’s celebrated lyrical gifts, maturity and arsenal of virtuoso resources will be put to commanding use in two overlapping programmes of extraordinary poetry. Experience Schumann’s enchanted Forest Scenes, and the soul-baring richness of late Schubert that expounds the passions of sorrow and joy with a sublime sense of enlightenment.
A rewarding, spellbinding musical experience not to be missed!
“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)
(These concerts were rescheduled from June 2021, following cancellations due to planning complications arising from the pandemic.)
Saturday 8 January 2022
SCHUMANN – Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op. 82
SCHUBERT - Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959
Sunday 9 January 2022
Music by Franz Schubert -
Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 784
Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959
(Programme subject to change at the artist's discretion)
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, 16 September 2018)
Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, the first American to win the prestigious prize since Murray Perahia. He made his BBC Proms debut the following summer at the Royal Albert Hall, and is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. Eric is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist.
Highlights of the 2020-21 season include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra (Marin Alsop), Seattle Symphony (Thomas Dausgaard), Oslo Philharmonic (Constantinos Carydis), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Thomas Dausgaard) and Detroit Symphony (Eduardo Strausser). He will also give recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall (International Piano Series), Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, NY’s 92nd St Y, and NCPA in Beijing.
In recent seasons, Eric has appeared in recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Wigmore Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, Seoul Arts Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Grand Theatre Shanghai, and Sala São Paulo. He has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Vasily Petrenko), The Hallé (Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus), Shanghai Symphony (Yu Long), Warsaw Philharmonic (Niklas Willén), Singapore Symphony (Darío Ntaca), and Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard and Martin Frӧst). He also went on tour with the Orchestre National de Lille (Alexander Bloch). In 2019, Eric replaced Martha Argerich in Singapore, and Nelson Freire in São Paulo.
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 BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Record of the Month’. In 2018, Eric’s winning performances of Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds with The Hallé and Edward Gardner was released by Warner. He has also released a Mozart, Schubert and Brahms recital on Genuin Classics.
Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize-winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. He previously won the 2015 US National Chopin Competition, and was awarded the International German Piano Award in 2017. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Robert McDonald and Jonathan Biss. He is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son. He is now based in Berlin and Boston.