Having debuted on the series as a young Curtis artist in 2017, this pianist has since won the esteemed Leeds Competition – the first American to do so since Murray Perahia. After his UK recital debut, London's Guardian called him, ‘surely one of the most exciting prospects in a long time.’
Bach: C-minor Toccata, BWV 911
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op. 82
Brahms: D-minor Variations, Op. 18b
Scriabin: Third Sonata
Chopin: C-minor Nocturne, Op 48, No. 1
Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
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Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018 and made his BBC Proms debut with the Shanghai Symphony and Long Yu in summer 2019. He is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. Highlights of the 2019/20 season include debuts with the BBC Symphony (at the Barbican with Alpesh Chauhan), Detroit Symphony (Eduardo Strausser), St Petersburg Philharmonic (Charles Dutoit) and Kansas City Symphony (Johannes Debus); alongside returns to The Hallé (Jiří Rožeň), Warsaw Philharmonic (Niklas Willén) and Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Martin Fröst). He will also tour the U.K. with the Orchestre National de Lille (Alexandre Bloch), and give recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, Wigmore Hall, BOZAR, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Gewandhaus Leipzig.
The 2018/19 season saw Eric perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (with Vasily Petrenko), Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard), Singapore Symphony (Darío Alejandro Ntaca) and The Hallé (Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus); and give recitals at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, LSO St Luke’s, Seoul Arts Centre, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris. 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 went on to win First Prize at the 2017 International German Piano Award and the 2015 US National Chopin Competition, and perform at Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taipei National Concert Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid.
Eric’s discography includes his prize-winning Chopin and Beethoven from The Leeds with The Hallé and Edward Gardner on Warner Classics, and a Mozart, Schubert and Brahms recital on Genuin Classics. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he attends the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald. He is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son.