Pianist Radu Lupu is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. Since winning the Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds Piano Competitions (1969), Mr. Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States.
Mr. Lupu's first major American appearances were in 1972 with The Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in New York, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Carlo Maria Giulini. Concerts with the New York Philharmonic soon followed and Mr. Lupu has since appeared with all of the foremost American orchestras. This season his annual winter tour includes concerts with the orchestras of Cleveland, Boston, and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) as well as the National Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic; he also gives recitals for Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. Recent orchestral engagements include the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis, Berlin Philharmonic with Bernard Haitink, and a tour of Germany with Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra and David Zinman.
Mr. Lupu has made more than 20 recordings for London/Decca, including the complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, and numerous solo recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. His recording of Schubert sonatas received a Grammy Award in 1995. He has also recorded for the Sony Classical, EMI, and Teldec labels.
Born in Romania in 1945, Radu Lupu began studying the piano at the age of six, and made his public debut with a complete program of his own music at twelve. He won first prize in the 1967 Enescu International Competition. In 1989 and in 2006 he was awarded the prestigious "Abbiati" prize given by the Italian Critics' Association. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award.