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
Young pianist Eric Lu is rapidly building a reputation as a promising artist with a distinctive musical voice, known for 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 win that award since Murray Perahia. The centerpiece of Lu’s Cal Performances debut is Chopin’s demanding final Piano Sonata, which rallies the pianist’s powers through a turbulent landscape until it arrives at its breathless conclusion.