Eric Lu, piano
|SCHUMANN||Arabeske in C major, Op. 18
Waldszenen, Op. 82
|BRAHMS||Theme and Variations in D minor, Op. 18b|
|BACH||Toccata in C minor, BWV 911|
|CHOPIN||Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 58|
Praised by the New York Classical Review as a musician of “exceptional musical sensitivity,” the young American pianist Eric Lu is rapidly building a reputation as a promising artist with a distinctive musical voice, known for uncanny elegance, delicacy, and restraint at the keyboard.
A recipient of this year’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lu first came to attention at age 17 as a winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw—and at age 20, he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, the first American to receive that award since Murray Perahia.
The centerpiece of Lu’s Cal Performances debut is Chopin’s demanding and masterfully constructed final piano sonata, which rallies the pianist’s powers through a turbulent, dreamy, dazzling landscape until it arrives at its breathless conclusion.
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